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DENVER (AP) - Democrats stopped another Republican bill that tried to repeal limits on the size of ammunition magazines.

Democrats passed the law last year. It prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The law was passed in response to mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

A Senate committee rejected the proposal on a 3-2 party-line vote on Wednesday.

Democrats say the purpose of the law is to minimize damage from mass shooters who use larger magazines to inflict the most harm in a short amount of time. But Republicans say the law restricts the rights or law-abiding citizens and doesn't stop criminals who are intent on doing harm.

A House committee controlled by Democrats also rejected another repeal bill earlier this week.