There’s sad news out of Colorado. The magazine capacity limit bill has been passed by both the house and senate, meaning the only thing between it becoming law is another vote in the house (where it already passed once) and the Governor’s signature (which he has said he will affix should the legislation pass). There was an intense effort by gun rights supporters to keep the bill from passing, but the urge to “do something” to “stop gun violence” in the Democrat controlled state proved too powerful. TheDenverChannel.com has more . . .
Lawmakers who voted no during previous votes were concerned that the bill would not reduce violence and will hurt a Colorado manufacturer of magazines. Monday, it passed by a vote of 18-17.
– House Bill 1228 would revive fee payments for gun purchasers who need background checks. Having been previously approved by the House, it now goes to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk for a signature.
– House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions. The bill has been approved by the state House. It now goes to Governor Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill.
– Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. People can currently take online courses. That bill now goes to the state House.
– Senate Bill 197 would require courts to order anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order or convicted of domestic violence to relinquish their guns within 24 hours. A judge could extend that to 72 hours. That bill also goes to the state House.
The only two pieces of legislation pulled from consideration were a ban on concealed carry on college campuses and a bill making “assault weapons” owners and “sellers” liable for their product’s use.
The magazine capacity limitation legislation passed by a single vote.
[UPDATE:] The original title of this article indicated that the mag capacity limit was headed directly to the Governor for signature, and was based on the crappy reporting of the original source. Based on additional sources, it looks like some amendments were made to the bill, meaning that it still needs to pass another house vote. However, due to the previous passage, the chances for it being stopped from getting to the Governor’s desk are slim to none.