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DENVER (AP) — Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings. The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close. The proposed ammunition restrictions limit magazines to 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Three Democrats joined all Republicans voting no on the bill, but the proposal passed 34-31. "Enough is enough. I'm sick and tired of bloodshed," said Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, a sponsor of the bill and representative of the district where the shootings at an Aurora theater happened last summer. Fields' son was also fatally shot in 2005. Republicans argued that the proposals restrict Second Amendment rights and won't prevent mass shootings like the ones in Aurora and a Connecticut elementary school. "This bill will never keep evil people from doing evil things," said Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg. The House also approved a bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases, including those between private sellers and firearms bought online.
We're hearing some rumors that the Gov and the Dem caucus think we are bluffing. Just to clarify for them, then...we're not a political company. We dont play political games. We've made our position very clear, very publicly. We would not survive lying to our customer base, nor would we ever consider it. If you pass this, we will leave, and you will own it. We've already got plans in place to get PMAG manufacturing moved rapidly, and the rest of the company will follow. We will make sure to at least have a small remain-behind operation through the 2014 elections so that we can remind folks why we are gone.
Under the legislation, manufacturers would be required to engrave each magazine with a serial number and date upon which it was produced — something Smith said is “burdensome and unnecessary.” On Friday in initial debate over the bill, state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thorton, still offered an amendment that clarifies manufacturers could still sell high-capacity magazines to out-of-state vendors that range from the U.S. military to law enforcement. “I want it to be clear that manufacturers can still do business here in Colorado,” Salazar said. Republicans contested the amendment, calling it an “oops amendment,” and argued that it’s unfair that a company can produce the device, but can’t sell it in Colorado.
Sometimes small donations are necessary to gain access to those in the political power circles. $500 was the minimum required to attend a private dinner where Richard Fitzpatrick personally highlighted the economic benefits that company like Magpul gives back to Colorado. In short, we gave him a valid reason to support a Colorado industry on a Federal level rather than just voting the party line on firearms.
Originally posted by byGRACE
This is scary, It is bad on so many levels.
1.Gun Laws only will remove or infringe the rights of law abiding citizens which are not the problem.
2. Creates a black market for banned guns.
3. Further divides the country
4. Further erodes the constitutional rights of all of us.
5. Diverts resources from the real causes -issues involving gun violence.
Something has to give here.
Originally posted by Hopechest
reply to post by byGRACE
Well to be fair, none of that happened when the last assault weapon ban was passed.
Why do you think it will now?
Originally posted by jaynkeel
"This bill will never keep evil people from doing evil things," said Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg.