Much of the hullabaloo from Monday night’s passage of seven pieces of gun control legislation out of their respective Colorado Senate Committees surrounded insensitive remarks made by yet another Democrat, but the truth is that the gun laws still must be heard – and voted on – by the Colorado State Senate and House (in some cases) before becoming law. Here’s a tally of where the gun laws are in the Senate.
Monday night, the Senate passed seven pieces of gun legislation out of committee. Here is a list of the bills that have already passed in the House, and out of Senate committee:
- HB1228 – To require purchasers to pay for mandatory background checks
- HB1224 – To ban magazines that would hold more than 15 rounds
- HB1229 – To require universal background checks, including on private transfer of guns
- HB1226 – To add college campuses to the list of places exempt from concealed carry allowances
These bills are scheduled to be heard on the floor of the Senate on Friday. If they pass, they will go to the Governor’s office for him to sign into law.
In addition to the bills that came from the House, the Senate introduced three of their own on Monday, including:
- SB195 – To ban online firearm training and defines a “handgun training class” as a physical location at which a certified instructor offers a course (i.e., no online or video courses)
- SB196 – To hold liable manufacturers and sellers of certain semi-automatic weapons in Colorado for crimes committed with the guns they’ve manufactured or sold
- SB197 – To prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence or who has been the subject of a restraining order from possessing a gun
These three bills, introduced in the Senate, must now be passed by the Senate as a whole and, then, the House in order to end up for signature on Governor Hickenlooper’s desk. So far, an initial committee hearing has not been scheduled.