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Colorado House OKs gun control package

DENVER, Feb. 18 (UPI) — The Colorado House Monday voted in favor of a package of gun-control measures, including a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses.

Other bills in the package include a requirement gun buyers pay the cost of their state background checks, background checks be conducted on all private gun sales and transfers, and a 15-round limit on magazines.

The bills go to the Senate for its consideration.

Proponents of the campus guns ban say campuses are generally safe and allowing guns would be counter-productive.

“There are a lot of students who simply are not ready to be in the presence of firearms,” Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, the bill’s sponsor, said. “It’s a dangerous mix.”

Opponents counter allowing guns would mean college women would be better able to protect themselves from rapists and there would be a better chance someone bent on a mass shooting would be stopped, The Denver Post reported.

In 2003, the Legislature passed a law allowing individuals with a permit to carry a concealed weapon with a few exceptions, including K-12 schools but not colleges. Three University of Colorado students sued in 2008 and ultimately the state Supreme Court ruled administrators could not ban concealed weapons.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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