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Colorado House panel kills 'assault weapons' ban

Four Democrats joined the Colorado House Judiciary Committee's Republicans to indefinitely postpone the bill.

DENVER — Legislation that sought to ban so-called "assault weapons" died early Thursday morning after three Democrats joined the Colorado House Judiciary Committee's Republicans to kill the bill on a 7-6 vote.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, Democratic Reps. Bob Marshall of Highlands Ranch, Said Sharbini of Westminster and Marc Snyder of Colorado Springs voted down the legislation along with their Republican colleagues after a pair of amendments to ban bump stocks and rapid-fire trigger activators were lost.

A subsequent vote to postpone the bill indefinitely drew one additional Democratic vote from Rep. Lindsay Daugherty of Arvada.

The nearly 15-hour hearing, which kicked off Wednesday morning, drew a 2023 record 522 witnesses seeking to testify. 

The bill — sponsored by Rep. Elisabeth Epps, D-Denver — has divided the Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Caucus, with leading members, such as Sen. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, believing other measures, such as his proposal to improve the red flag law, are better solutions to gun violence.

Read the full story from our partners at Colorado Politics.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify how representatives voted early Thursday morning.



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