Governor To Sign Gun Control Legislation Aimed At Domestic Abusers

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The final piece of a gun control package is headed to the governor's desk.

The bill, which expands a gun ban to convicted domestic abusers, won final approval in the state Senate Tuesday.

Under the new law, a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence conviction will require the offender to hand over all guns in their possession.

The bill addresses an ongoing issue of gun violence in domestic assault cases, and according to the bill is aimed at those most likely to commit a domestic violence homicide using a firearm.

"Despite efforts by law enforcement, prosecutors and judges at the state level, gun violence against intimate partners continues to plague Colorado," the bill reads. "Each year, person who commit domestic violence use firearms to threaten, injure and kill victims, and firearms are the weapon used most often in deaths due to domestic violence."

Hickenlooper has previously signed gun control measures that expand background checks and set an ammunition magazine limit.

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