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The owners and makers of assault-style weapons could soon be held legally liable in Colorado for crimes committed with their guns, if sponsors of a new gun-control package have their way.
 
State Democrats unveiled the broad package of measures this week, joined by gun violence survivors from the Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings.
 
The eight bills detailed at a press conference Tuesday tackle gun control as well as mental health issues tied to gun violence. Among them are measures to put universal background checks in place for private gun sales and a bill to ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
 
But getting the most attention is the gun manufacturer-liability measure.
 
"This is the most aggressive anti-gun legislation ever floated in the country," Republican Sen. Greg Brophy told FoxNews.com Thursday. "To hold everybody in the entire chain of possession responsible for a crime committed by one person? The manufacturer, dealer and owners? That's equivalent to blaming Coors for a drunk driver and the 7-Eleven after someone steals a 12-pack."
 
The proposal would hold manufacturers of firearms, as well as sellers, responsible for crimes committed with those guns. The measure apparently conflicts with an existing federal law, but Democrats in the state reportedly say they want to get that federal law repealed.
 
Republicans say the gun liability measure would effectively ban those weapons because manufacturers and retailers would be afraid to sell them.
 
While Democrats hold a majority in both state houses, though, getting the sweeping series of bills passed will be an uphill battle.
 
Colorado has taken center stage in the country's fight over gun control. David Keene, the head of the National Rifle Association, is in Denver to meet with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Senate President John Morse.
 
Keene called universal background checks a political "sweet spot," during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. He added that the current background check systems are underfunded and that forcing them on private sales would be logistically difficult.
 
Colorado's governor has said in the past he supports background checks, but he has remained publicly quiet about the legislative package introduced earlier this week.
 
"The governor is hiding under his desk when it comes to answering the hard questions," Brophy said. "It took me 30 seconds to figure out what the plans do. The governor shouldn't be given a pass. He needs to address the issue."



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The Democrats in Colorado must be smoking that wacky tobacco they recently legalized. The only thing gun manufacturers should be held liable for is product quality and safety.

Posted by Nick Elodeon at 2/12/2013 4:42:19 AM

Yep, the usual. Blame someone or something else so they can get the guilt feeling off themselves.
What about holding politicians liable for all the stupid laws they pass that are killing the Unites States of America???
Come on now, all you honest, innocent elected folks. Step up, surely you cannot be the only greedy politician who has done nothing wrong. Face the music. Cop out to how you line your pockets with no regards to whom it hurts or kills.

Posted by Docmo at 2/12/2013 7:48:23 AM

Thats fine then Democrats should be held responsible for every mistake a Democrat makes. Every time a Democrat is DWI every Democrat should be held responsible. Every time a Democract cheats on their spouse every Democrat should pay all the misery caused. Every time a Democrat commits suicide every Democrat should be evaualated by Mental Health. etc, etc.

Posted by jason at 2/12/2013 8:10:58 AM

I suppose Ford and GMC should start being held liable for DUI related deaths as well. Idiots.

Posted by Non-Casual Observer at 2/12/2013 8:23:54 AM

Just another reason I would never move to Colorado. In fact, I will never visit there again if this passes. Too many crazy people in charge there!!

Posted by Retiredguy911 at 2/12/2013 9:57:01 AM

It's brilliant! Just like when a bar tender knowingly over-serves a drunk customer, he is liable for what the customer goes and does. It's not passing liability, its creating accountability. Gun control (not a gun ban) is long over-due anyway. Come on, in Texas you don't even have to reregister a gun if it changes owners! Talk about complete lack of accountability, no wonder we can't keep guns off the streets! So bash on Colorado all you want for making gun manufactures/dealers think before they make a dime, but I see safer streets/schools in the future.

Posted by Brilliant at 2/12/2013 4:00:52 PM

It's not brilliant. All gun control laws will do is put an unnecessary and ridiculous burden on the law abiding citizens. Last I checked; your local turd could care less about laws, much less gun laws.
How are those strict gun control laws working out for Chicago?

Posted by theforce at 2/13/2013 3:26:05 AM

There is no accountability because it's none of your business what guns I own, B. And you can't have them either, sorry. You don't get to dictate what we own or what we do. Get over yourself.

Posted by Lucas Jackson at 2/13/2013 10:22:22 AM

Brilliant, are you serious? That is some seriously flawed thinking. What you are suggesting could be applicable to everything.

Posted by Nick Elodeon at 2/14/2013 2:40:05 PM

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