DENVER (AP) — Guns continue to dominate political debate in Colorado.

The Colorado Senate was planning to debate a measure Wednesday to encourage more businesses to allow patrons to carry concealed weapons. The Republican measure would say that businesses such as shopping malls or movie theaters would have to provide armed security if patrons can’t carry guns.

Also Wednesday, a Republican senator proposed a measure to allow more school employees to carry concealed weapons. The measure being introduced is another attempt to add security at public schools. A Democratic committee rejected a related proposal earlier this week.

The legislative action on guns came as Congress began its first gun control hearing of the year. The head of the National Rifle Association was headed to Colorado next week to meet with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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