Colo governor to sign landmark gun bills

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DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign new restrictions on firearms in Colorado exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a movie theater in suburban Denver.

The bills require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Hickenlooper is signing the bills Wednesday in his office.

The new laws signal a historic change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from a battle over gun-control in a state where owning a gun is as common as owning a car in some rural areas.

Hickenlooper, a gun rights advocate, said he felt more controls were needed in the aftermath of shootings in Connecticut and Aurora, Colo.

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