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Colo. gun laws take effect as debate continues

July 1, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Thursday, June 27, 2013, file photo Richard Taylor manager of at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo., shows some of the pistols that he won’t be able to sell after June 30 because their magazines hold more than 15 rounds. Limits on ammunition magazines and universal background checks, signature pieces of Colorado Democrats’ gun-control legislation in response to mass shootings, take effect July 1, even as county sheriffs fight to overturn the new laws. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, FILE)

DENVER (AP) — New limits on ammunition magazines and universal background check requirements take effect in Colorado on Monday, even as county sheriffs fight to overturn the signature pieces of state Democrats’ gun control legislation.

After months of tense debate among state officials, the conversation moves from the abstract to the tangible. Some gun stores are already stocking the smaller magazines to comply with the 15-round limit. Meanwhile, in the coming months the public will see how the expansion of background checks to private and online sales will work. It’s an area where there are still many unanswered questions.

Relatives of those killed in shooting rampages that rattled the nation last year are optimistic that the laws will have a long-term impact, but they urged patience.

“Nothing is going to happen overnight,” said Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex, was among the 12 slain while watching the latest Batman movie in a suburban Denver theater on July 20. Dozens more were wounded.

The theater shootings, along with the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school became a turning point Login to read more

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