Two gun bills advance in Colo. Senate

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DENVER (AP) -- Gun owners seeking a concealed-carry permit would have to take required gun courses in person, not online, under a bill given initial approval in the Colorado Senate Friday.

The gun-training bill was the least divisive of seven gun measures under debate Friday. Republicans did not oppose the training bill, which would allow some online gun education for permit-seekers, but would require at least some portions be taught in person.

The gun-training bill faces a more formal vote next week before heading to the House.

Domestic violence gun bill advances in Colorado

An expanded gun ban for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses won initial approval in the Democratic Senate Friday.

The domestic-violence bill would add to state statute what is already federal law on guns and domestic violence offenders. Senators debated the measure for more than two hours to kick off a gun debate expected to last late into the night.

The domestic-violence measure would require people convicted of domestic-violence felonies or misdemeanors to relinquish firearms and ammunition. Supporters said the forfeitures would protect victims from future violence.

Republicans opposed the measure, arguing that it's not necessary. Democrats rejected a GOP attempt to delay the debate until Monday and cleared it for a final vote required before the measure heads to the House.