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Coloradans would be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit under measure that passed GOP-controlled state Senate

Measure on politically charged issue is likely to fail in the Democratic-controlled House

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post
Students, teachers and community members protest guns in response to the Stoneman Douglas High school shooting in Florida at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Seventeen people were shot and killed during the school shooting on Feb. 14.
AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

A measure that would allow Coloradans to carry a concealed gun without a permit passed the Republican-controlled state Senate on Thursday in a vote along party lines amid a national debate about firearms that has seen President Donald Trump and others in the GOP revisiting their stance on gun control.

Senate Bill 97 was sent to the House by a 18-17 tally.

Senate Democrats pushed back against the legislation, which is likely to fail in the Democratic-controlled House.

Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, who brought the legislation, argues that people “shouldn’t have to jump through additional hoops or pay what amounts to a tax because they choose to carry their means of self-defense in a pocket or a purse or otherwise out of sight.”

“This bill has to do strictly with the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Neville said, calling it a matter of personal and public safety.

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