A crucial gun control law made it out of committee in Colorado yesterday:
A bill that would prohibit a person who has been convicted of domestic violence or is the subject of a restraining order from possessing a firearm passed in Colorado Senate committee Monday afternoon.
After hours of emotional testimony, The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 197 on a party line 3-2 vote. SB-197 was the first bill to pass out of seven that are currently being heard and debated in the state legislature today. Read the full text of SB-197 here.
“This bill is more than a ‘feel-good’,” bill sponsor Sen. Evie Hudak said in response to statements from opponents of the bill, Fox31 reports. “I will feel good when fewer people die.”
Colorado, home to two of the bloodiest mass shootings in American history — the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012 — has recently taken the lead in the debate over gun control.
I suppose this is how we have to process with this movement: pass incremental laws at the state level. And it’s actually a really solid approach, considering how the Republicans have been successfully doing the same thing for a while now.