Local

Fees For Gun Checks Approved In Colorado Senate

View Comments
Following two recent shootings, some public health experts are calling for gun violence to get a scientific approach of prevention. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Following two recent shootings, some public health experts are calling for gun violence to get a scientific approach of prevention. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — A measure to revive fees for Colorado gun purchasers who need background checks has won initial approval in the Senate.

The bill would state that gun purchasers would have to pay a fee, likely $10, to cover the cost of a required background check on gun purchases. The Democratic bill was among seven gun-control measures under debate Friday.

The background check fee has already cleared the Democratic House. Supporters say the fees need to be revived to address a state background check backlog. They point out that many states charge similar fees.

Republicans have derided the fees as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to bear arms.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,702 other followers