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Gun-control bills pass Colorado House: Was Aurora a tipping point? (+video)

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Debate on the House floor was heated, and several Democrats sided with Republicans (all of whom voted against the bills).

Now, the bills move on to the state Senate­, which is also controlled by Democrats, albeit by a slimmer margin.

“These are draconian controls and not things we’re feeling happy about,” says Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

Mr. Brown says he holds out some hope that the Senate may block at least one of the bills, but either way, his organization plans to target everyone who votes for them in marginal districts in the 2014 elections.

Brown opposes all the bills, though he says he finds the magazine limits the “most ludicrous.” He notes that his organization ran tests comparing a 10-round magazine that was changed three times while firing with a 30-round magazine, and found that the difference in the time it took to empty the rounds was about 1.8 seconds.

“None [of these bills] would have stopped any of these mass shootings,” he says.

But for Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel, was killed during the Columbine shooting in 1999, that’s the wrong question to be asking.

“If people want to focus just on particulars of any one case, you can always find a reason why it wouldn’t have worked,” says Mr. Mauser, the spokesperson for Colorado Ceasefire, a gun-control advocacy group. “We’re not trying to solve any of those. It’s how do we prevent the future ones. Are we going to make it easier for these to happen or more difficult?”

Moreover, he says, focusing just on the mass shootings ignores the many other gun deaths ­that occur – about 30 a day.

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