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Colorado Senate OKs repeal of new gun background checks, but House expected to reject measure

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DENVER — Senate Republicans voted to undo new Colorado background checks for gun purchases between private sellers conducted online and in person, but their repeal is expected to hit a wall in the House.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 18-17 with only Republican support to repeal the background-check expansion Democrats passed in 2013. It was a response to mass shootings the previous year in a suburban Denver movie theater and Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary.

The Republican's repeal attempt now heads to the Democrat-led House, which has already rejected another proposal to undo the new background checks.

Democrats argue the law they passed closes a loophole for gun sales. But Republicans say the law is unenforceable and burdens law-abiding gun buyers.

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