Gun restrictions get one step closer to senate
Several gun regulations are a step closer to becoming law in Colorado.
Expanded background checks and ammunition magazine limits have cleared the house and could soon be headed to the governor's desk.
Republican Jared Wright says it was an intense scene at Mondays session.
Opponents of new regulation surrounded the capital, honking their horns and packing the streets.
Even a message in the sky…flown by a plane demanding the governor stay away from Coloradans guns.
"I've never seen anything like this, there was definitely a profound movement at the capital that day,” said Representative Wright.
Seven gun control measures cleared their committees Monday and four made it passed the house.
Wright said, “Hundreds if not over a thousand people inside the building. I was pleased to see that people were showing up to voice their concerns.”
One bill that cleared committee but hasn't reached the house talks about gun liability.
It says if you buy a firearm and it's ever used in a crime, you would be held responsible.
"It's not just poor public policy it's ridiculous public policy, it oversteps constitutional bounds and I absolutely will do everything I can while I'm over here to make sure that bill is killed," says Wright.
"It seems like a pretty backwards law, you wouldn't sue a pharmacy for selling you a condom and then you get a girl pregnant. I guess it comes down to responsibility and taking ownership of your own actions," said Greg Indivdro.
Grand Junction resident, Jill Hamrick said, “Do we really need to do that? Do we need to have that? Is that the next step?"
Mixed responses from another bill that passed the house; banning concealed weapons on college campuses
"I do agree with banning concealed weapons, because you never know when someone is going to go shoot at each other or whatnot, so I think banning weapons from colleges is a good idea," said Ashley Payne.
"We heard testimony from a young lady who was involved in a rape attempt, we heard others that were victimized in actual rape, and the message I heard from all those young women, was that they wish they had they had the ability to defend themselves, or at least would of been carrying a firearm on them at the time," said Wright.
After witnessing the scene in Denver, Wright believes Colorado has become a focus point in the national gun control debate.
"The progressive movement in Washington DC sees Colorado as a testing ground of sorts for these policies, to see how people react and also just trying to establish their policies in one state and spread it to others," said Wright.
The bills that cleared the house on Monday will be debated by the full senate on Friday.
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