Colo. Democrats advance 2 more gun bills

7:33 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Stronger prohibitions on gun ownership by domestic abusers and required in-person training for concealed-carry permits advanced in the Colorado House.

The Democrat-sponsored measures that received initial approval Friday are opposed by Republicans, but did not garner as much heated debate as other gun legislation Democrats have already passed, including expanded background checks.

One bill would allow some online gun education for permit-seekers but would require them to prove in person handgun competency, such as showing how to safely carry a gun or know where the safety is.

Another bill strengthens a ban on gun ownership by domestic-violence offenders by establishing a process through the courts for them to relinquish their firearms.

The House still needs to take final votes on the bills, and they're expected to pass by majority Democrats.

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