Colorado Says No To Gun Ban

  • A bill to ban firearms described as “assault weapons” failed to advance out of the Colorado House Judiciary Committee early Thursday after a 13-hour hearing.
  • House Bill 23-1230, sponsored by Rep. Elisabeth Epps, D-Denver, would have prohibited the manufacturing, importing, purchasing, or selling of an assault weapon, among other restrictions. The bill was postponed indefinitely on an 8-5 vote. Reps. Lindsey Daugherty, D-Arvada, Bob Marshall, D-Highlands Ranch, Said Sharbini, D-Thornton, Marc Snyder, D-Manitou Springs, joined the committee’s four Republicans in voting to postpone.
  • Rep. Ryan Armagost, R-Berthoud, said firearms aren’t the problem.
  • “We just have to focus on mental health,” said Armagost, who told the committee he sought assistance for his mental health. “I’ve heard testimony tonight about how it’s not going to be a one-visit thing. No, there’s many ways to address mental health. Every person is different.”
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