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CO closer to restricting weapons on campuses

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DENVER (AP) - Public college campuses in Colorado would be off-limits for concealed weapons under a bill that passed its first legislative test Wednesday.

The bill to end Colorado's status as one of the few states where concealed weapons can be carried on college campuses passed the Education Committee 7-6. It was the latest in a package of Democratic gun-control measures under consideration this year.

Later Wednesday, another House committee planned to consider a bill to revive fees for required instant criminal background checks for gun purchasers.

The gun-control bills are in response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and an elementary school in Connecticut.

Colorado House Democrats advance gun-control bills

Colorado Democrats gave initial approval to expanding background checks on firearm purchases and setting ammunition limits as the battle over stricter gun laws got under away at the state Capitol.

A House committee voted Tuesday to require background checks on private gun sales and online firearm purchases, and also a limit on high-capacity magazines. Republicans opposed the measures.

The votes came after more than eight hours of testimony from those who say the measures are needed to curb gun violence, and people concerned that their right to bear arms is being restricted.

It's the beginning of a long fight on a package of Democratic bills that are responses to the mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

Several more votes are needed before the bills become law.

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