Colorado Senate gives seal of approval to curb 'blood-soaked' violence
By Kristen Wyatt, APDENVER -- A gun control package pushed by Colorado Democrats cleared the state Senate on Monday, as sponsors described it as a needed response to Colorado's blood-soaked history of mass shootings.
March 13, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
The Democratic gun control package in Colorado is being watched nationally to see how a politically moderate state with a gun-loving past responds to the recent mass shootings in suburban Denver and in Connecticut.
One Democrat after another rose Monday to talk about restricting gun rights after last July's shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. The vote came on the eve of an expected plea by the alleged gunman, James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.
The measures approved by the Senate included a limit on the kinds of high-capacity ammunition magazines Holmes is accused of using in the theater shooting. Other measures included expanded background checks on private gun sales and a new ban on gun ownership for people facing domestic violence charges.
On the national level, President Barack Obama has proposed expanded background checks for gun purchases and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in response to the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six adults. The measures are now being considered in the Senate.
Republicans argued in vain that the gun controls would not have prevented the theater shooting, nor the elementary school massacre last December in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six adults. Some cited the 1999 Columbine High School shootings outside Denver.