Colorado Republican leaders have begun a legislative push to repeal
recently passed gun control measures, reigniting one of the most intense
political debates in recent history.
The first advance came
Monday as discussion started on several measures in each chamber. One of
the most prominent measures — a longshot bill that would undo expanded
background-check requirements on private and online sales — was passed
by a Senate committee.
with Democrats in control of both chambers of state government and the
governor's office at the time, was one of the only states to pass
changes, including a measure limiting the size of ammunition magazines
and another that expanded background-check requirements. But it came at
great political cost. Two Democratic state senators were recalled over
their support for the restrictions, and a third resigned as a campaign
to oust her was mounting.
Republicans have maintained that the
legislation is ineffective and burdensome to enforce, and they have made
it a priority to go after the measures.
Monday's debates are the
start of what is expected to be a session-long push by GOP leaders
seeking to flex their new Senate muscle and pick up enough Democratic
support in the House to make several changes.
measure faces several legislative hurdles before it could become law
and will face stiff opposition in the Democrat-led House. If it does
pass, Gov. John Hickenlooper would be likely to veto it.