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Colorado lawmakers worked well into the night to advance seven gun control bills. The bills include ammunition magazine limits, more background checks, a background check fee, assault weapon liability, an in-person concealed carry course, a campus gun ban and gun restrictions in domestic violence convictions. KKTV 11 News has looked into each of these new firearm laws. Here are details for each of these seven bills and what has to happen from here to advance them.
1. AMMUNITION MAGAZINE LIMITS
Colorado Democrats advanced restrictions on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks as hundreds of gun advocates filled the state Capitol during an intense day in the battle over new firearm laws.
New limits on the size of ammunition magazines got initial approval in the Colorado Senate over objections from Republicans who say the restrictions can be easily bypassed and won't prevent gun violence.
The proposal would ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, with a limit of eight for shotguns.
Three Democrats supported the bill in a Senate committee Monday and two Republicans voted no.
The proposal still needs to be approved by the full Democratic-controlled Senate. But two Democrats have said they would vote no, meaning Republicans need only one more Democrat to defeat the bill.
Supporters of the proposal say it addresses mass shootings. But opponents say people would still have access to magazines of any size in other states.
Magazine manufacturer Magpul says it will leave Colorado if the bill passes.
2. MORE BACKGROUND CHECKS
A proposal to expand background checks on all firearm purchases advanced in the Colorado Senate after dozens on both sides of the debate testified, including the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Democratic-sponsored bill passed on a 3-2 party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
3. BACKGROUND CHECK FEE
A plan to revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks has passed its first test in the Colorado Senate.
The bill would state that gun purchasers would have to pay a fee, likely $10, to cover the cost of a required background check on gun purchases.
The Democratic bill passed a Senate committee on a party-line 3-2 vote Monday. One more committee vote is required before the gun fee bill heads to the full Senate.
The background check fee has already cleared the Democratic House. Supporters say the fees need to be revived to address a state background check backlog. They point out that many states charge similar fees.
Republicans have derided the fees as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to bear arms.
4. ASSAULT WEAPON LIABILITY
A proposal to hold sellers and owners of assault weapons liable for damages in Colorado shootings got initial approval in the state Senate.
Democratic senators pass the bill on a 3-2 committee vote over Republicans' objections on Monday.
The bill would set different liability standards for manufacturer, sellers, and owners of assault weapons, with owners having the strictest standard. It would be up to juries to decide individual cases.
A federal law protects gun makers and sellers from liability for crimes committed with their products. But Democratic Senate President John Morse says he crafted his bill to avoid that conflict.
Constitutional law professor David Koppel slammed the bill and says it's poorly drafted.
The bill still needs a full Senate vote. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has not said if he'll sign it.
5. IN-PERSON CONCEALED CARRY COURSE
Colorado residents who want a concealed carry permit would not be able to take any of their classes online, under a bill given initial approval in the state Senate.
The proposal clarifies that firearm training classes to get a concealed carry permit must all be taken in person. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary committee on a 3-2 party-line vote on Monday, with Republicans opposing.
Opponents of the bill say it places another burden on people who want permits. Supporters say one-hour online courses aren't sufficient to merit the right to carry concealed weapons.
The bill still needs approval from the full Senate.
6. CAMPUS GUN BAN
Colleges in Colorado would lose their unusual status of allowing concealed weapons under a bill that cleared a Colorado Senate committee Monday after hours of emotional testimony.
Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo choked back tears as she cast the deciding vote on a 3-2 tally sending the bill to the full Senate. The bill says that concealed weapons would not be allowed on public college campuses.
It has already cleared the House.
Several victims of college rape, and two survivors of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, testified against the measure. They said that students are vulnerable in areas where law-abiding citizens can't carry concealed weapons.
The campus gun bill was among seven gun-safety measures that advanced in the Democratic Legislature Monday.
7. GUN RESTRICTIONS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTIONS
Colorado Democrats advanced an expansion on restrictions on gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence offense.
The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday with a 3-2 party-line vote with Democrats in favor. Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak says the bill seeks to address what she called the "lethal combination of guns and domestic violence."
The proposal imposes new restrictions on gun ownership for people who have restraining orders and who have been convicted of a domestic violence offense.
Republican Sen. Steve King says the bill should allow for more judicial discretion.
The bill still faces a vote before the full Senate.
Stay with KKTV 11 News for the latest information on the gun control debate in Colorado and across the country.
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