Colorado is quickly proving itself to be among the toughest states on guns. Lawmakers have passed expanded background checks for private and online firearm purchases and sent the bill to the governor's desk for his expected approval, AP reports.
The bill was passed Friday in the Democratic-controlled House by a 36-27 vote, with only one Democrat opposing. Democrats in the Senate approved the bill earlier. And Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) will soon sign it. He called for the checks during this State of the State address in January.
In pushing for background checks Democratic lawmakers, who control the legislature, have repeatedly cited last July's shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.
The measures about to become law include a limit on the kinds of high-capacity ammunition magazines Holmes is accused of using in the theater shooting. Other measures included expanded background checks on private gun sales and a new ban on gun ownership for people facing domestic violence charges.