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Legislature takes aim at a package of perennial firearms measures

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The annual effort to rollback gun control and expand firearms rights will fire off again in the Colorado legislature this afternoon.

Three measures are scheduled to go before the Democratic-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Room 271.

The committee is known as a “kill committee” for the controlling party to end unfavorable legislation.

The firearms bills under consideration this afternoon include:

House Bill 1036, sponsored by House Republican Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock and Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Litteton, which would allow someone with a concealed-carry permit to carry on public school grounds;

House Bill 1037, sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, which would extend the right to use deadly force against an intruder to businesses, including owners, managers and employees; and

• House Bill 1097, sponsored by Reps. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, and Stephen Humphrey, R-Eaton, which would repeal the 2013 ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The debate hit a climax in 2013 when the Democratic-controlled legislature pushed a package of gun-control measures, including the ban on high-capacity magazines, as well as requiring universal background checks. Hundreds of people lined up in the Capitol to testify on the measures over the course of the debate.

In the years since, hearings have seen ardent gun-rights supporters and their critics testify, but nothing compared to the debates in 2013.

Democrats who control the House appear set this year to defeat the firearms measures once again.

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