UPDATE: Background check fee clears CO Senate committee

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE

DENVER (AP) -- A plan to revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks has passed its first test in the Colorado Senate.

The bill would state that gun purchasers would have to pay a fee, likely $10, to cover the cost of a required background check on gun purchases. The Democratic bill passed a Senate committee on a party-line 3-2 vote Monday. One more committee vote is required before the gun fee bill heads to the full Senate.

The background check fee has already cleared the Democratic House. Supporters say the fees need to be revived to address a state background check backlog. They point out that many states charge similar fees.

Republicans have derided the fees as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to bear arms.

ORIGINAL STORY

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Legislature is considering seven gun-related measures from Democrats Monday. A look at the bills and what they do:

-- BACKGROUND CHECKS: House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.

-- AMMO LIMITS: House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The Democratic-sponsored bill has cleared the House.

-- FIREARM BAN FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS: Senate Bill 197 would expand a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses. The bill faced its first test Monday.

-- GUN LIABILITY: Senate Bill 196 adds legal liability for gun sellers and owners. The bill faced its first test Monday.

-- GUNS ON CAMPUS: House Bill 1226 would end Colorado's unusual law barring public college campuses from banning concealed weapons. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.

-- ONLINE GUN TRAINING: Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. The bill faced its first legislative review Monday.

-- BACKGROUND CHECK FEES: House Bill 1228 would revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.

Source: Colorado Legislature


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