Magazine ban among five Democratic gun control bills passed by Senate (2 State Sen. Will Not Obey)
kwgn ^ | 10:28 pm, March 11, 2013, | Eli Stokols
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:28:25 PM by Red Steel
DENVER — After another eight hours of debate, the Colorado Senate passed five Democratic gun control bills Monday.
The fifth and final vote came after four hours of discussion of House Bill 1224, a ban on high-capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more, which passed on a vote of 18-17.
Republicans argued at length against the two most important measures: House Bill 1229, which mandates universal background checks on all gun sales, and the high-capacity magazine ban, both of which have the backing of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the advocacy group founded and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“The de facto governor of Colorado is Michael Bloomberg,” said an angry Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, expressing a frustration widely held among Colorado Republicans that the state’s Democrats are being controlled by outside political forces.
Earlier in the day, the universal background checks bill passed the Senate 19-16, after about two hours of debate, with Tochtrop the only Democrat voting no.
“This bill will do absolutely nothing to improve the safety of the citizens of Colorado,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray.
Republicans, who spent five hours arguing against the magazine ban on the floor last Friday, reiterated their objections; and Brophy offered a new one: that the ban will ban “the most popular gun sold in the United States”, the glock pistol, because the gun’s magazine is readily adaptable to hold more rounds.
“You can still buy the pistol in the state, but……….