facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Colorado Senate debates gun control

March 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM   |   Comments

DENVER, March 4 (UPI) -- Colorado's Senate spent a marathon Monday hearing testimony on a measure requiring universal background checks for all prospective gun purchasers in the state.

Honking car horns from an anti-gun control rally outside the Capitol in Denver were a persistent backdrop to the proceedings, in which the Senate considered a measure that passed the House in February, 36-29, The Denver Post reported.

Among those testifying in favor of the measure was Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was critically injured in a mass shooting in 2011.

"We're both gun owners," Kelly said of himself and his wife, "but we're anti-gun violence, and this bill will prevent violence."

The legislation is intended to close a loophole in gun sales, requiring background checks on the transfer of all guns in the state. Current state law requires purchasers of guns from retail dealers to undergo a background check administered by the Colorado Bureau of investigation, but exempts private sales and transfers of guns between individuals, the newspaper said.

Sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Morgan Carroll of Aurora said the theater shooting in her district prompted her support of the bill.

"It's personal to me that this become law," she said.

Topics: Mark Kelly
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
2
Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test
3
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
4
Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl
5
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback