The only thing separating Coloradans from a ban on purchases of ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds is the signature of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
And that’s not long in coming, reports the Denver Post. The governor is on record for approving the measure.
“I’m just numb at this moment, to see a bill I’ve worked hard to pass now enter its final stage on the way to becoming law,” said sponsor Rhonda Fields, in the Denver Post. “It’s good public policy, and it’s going to keep Coloradans safe.”
The bill passed over the staunch opposition of Republicans, Newser reported. GOP lawmakers called it a futile piece of legislation that would unnecessarily dampen Second Amendment freedoms. The final vote in the House — which is controlled by Democrats — was 34-30.
“It does zero to enhance public safety,” said the leading Republican in the House, in the Denver Post. “We’re saying Coloradans can’t own these magazines, but they can still be manufactured here? … It’s hypocritical.”
Residents who already own the now-banned magazines won’t have to relinquish them, The Denver Post reports. But they can’t transfer or sell them.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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