Colorado Senate give final OK to gun control bills

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Colorado Senate give final OK to gun control billsProtesters gather in front of the Capitol in Denver where State Senators are debating seven control bills on Friday, March 8, 2013. Colorado Democrats are on the cusp of passing gun control proposals in a state balancing a history of heartbreaking shootings with a Western heritage where gun ownership is treasured by many. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)(Credit: AP)

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Senate is approving stricter firearms regulations including expanded background checks, as it ties gun control to mass shootings in the state and elsewhere.

Final votes on the proposals Monday cap a week of intense debate in Colorado’s Capitol over gun violence and how to prevent it.

Democrats have abandoned two of their seven gun-control proposals because of strong opposition. But five measures were due final Senate approval Monday.

Most of them now head to the House or return there because of Senate amendments.

The most divisive measure given a final vote Monday was a bill to require background checks on private gun sales. Republicans tried to argue expanded background checks are “absurd” and won’t improve safety. But they managed to persuade only one Democrat to vote against the bill.

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