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Governor has more decisions to make about Colorado gun laws

Two more legislative proposals are on the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Anti-gun advocates are not letting up on their goal to have various stricter gun laws enacted in the state. Gun control supporters in Colorado and throughout the country have been inspired to fight for legal changes since various violent incidents involving guns have shaken up the U.S.

In a past gun law post, we shared how Gov. Hickenlooper already had various decisions to make regarding new gun regulations in Colorado. He passed three of the gun control bills. One limits the size of magazines that gun owners can have. Another requires background checks even for private gun sales and imposes a fee for those checks as well.

After passing in the State Senate, Hickenlooper must now decide whether two more gun laws will be enacted in the state:

  • Senate Bill 195: To get a concealed and carry permit, a person would have to go through in-person, hands-on gun training.
  • Senate Bill 197: Those convicted of domestic violence would have restricted access to guns.

The media and the public tend to look at these gun control matters from a political perspective. From a criminal law perspective, the changing laws can create a web of confusion among gun owners. The passion within the many lawmakers and civilians who want to create harsher gun laws can work against someone who is a legal gun owner.

Allegations of a violent crime, especially involving a firearm, have always been serious but are now exacerbated by the times and the media's coverage of extremely sensitive cases of violence. More than ever, a defendant charged with a crime of violence needs an aggressive criminal defense attorney who can help mitigate the legal situation.

Source: KDVR, "Final two Democratic gun control bills quietly pass House," April 22, 2013

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