New gun control measures are now one step closer to becoming law but not before those on both sides of the issue weigh in.
A proposal to expand background checks on all firearm purchases advanced in the Colorado senate after dozens testified including Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Democratic sponsored bill passed on a 3-2 party-line vote in the State Senate, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. The bill would expand background checks to include private and online firearm sales. Kelly addressed the committee saying he and his wife support the second amendment but don't believe everyone has a right to own guns.
“There is a segment of our population that includes criminals and the dangerously mentally ill that should be prevented from having access to firearms” said Kelly.
Kelly also says it's easy to avoid background checks by buying guns from private sellers and it’s a loophole that needs to be closed. This is one of seven gun related measures being considered today. Others include limiting gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and also ending the state law barring public college campuses from banning concealed weapons.
Colorado sheriffs are opposed to the bill saying it's unenforceable and its the first step toward registering firearms.