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DENVER (AP) - Democrats have rejected a Republican attempt to repeal Colorado's new background checks on private and online firearm sales. The law passed last year in the wake of mass shootings.

Senate Democrats defeated the repeal bill Monday on a 3-2 party-line committee vote.

Democrats argue the law is working. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 104 people with criminal records tried to buy guns but failed background checks during private transactions since the law took effect July 1.

Pueblo Republican Sen. George Rivera sponsored the repeal effort. He replaced one of two Democratic senators who were recalled because of the new background checks and other gun restrictions.

Rivera says the new laws infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

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