Colorado to have gun purchase checks after 2 mass shootings

By REUTERS
March 16, 2013 06:42

 
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DENVER - Colorado lawmakers voted on Friday to mandate universal background checks for all gun buyers in a state that has experienced two of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.

The measure passed the state Senate 19-14 and the state House 36-27, without the support of a single Republican member in either chamber.

The vote followed months of debate on gun control in Colorado, and came after legislators approved four other gun control measures on Wednesday.

The legislation now awaits the signature of Governor John Hickenlooper for final approval. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has indicated he supports universal background checks for gun buyers but has not said if he would sign the bill.

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