- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Senate Republicans approved legislation to let adults 21 and over carry a concealed gun without a permit.

Republicans argue that a constitutional right should not be subjected to a permitting process. But Democrats say getting a permit that includes handgun education is important to public safety.

The bill passed the Senate Thursday on a 18-17 party-line vote. It now heads to the Democrat-led House, where it is likely to be rejected.

The permitting requirements were passed in 2003.

Republicans argue that since criminal background checks are already required for gun purchases, additional screenings are superfluous.

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