DENVER (KDVR) — Sources tell FOX31 that Democrats at the state Capitol have “pulled” a bill that would ban so-called assault weapons in Colorado, saying the bill does not have enough support.
The proposal was introduced earlier this month and was set for its first hearing on Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, but it was suddenly removed from the agenda.
“Through sources, I’ve been told it just wasn’t going to pass. It didn’t have the support that we thought,” FOX31 political analyst and Democratic strategist Andy Boian said on “Colorado Point of View.”
“The end result was that it wasn’t going to pass, it wasn’t going to be effective, and so Democrats did go ahead and pull the bill,” Boian said.
However, a spokesperson with the Colorado House Democrats shared information from the speaker that said the hearing for the bill was postponed Wednesday because of other bills being debated.
The bill “prohibits a person from manufacturing, importing, purchasing, selling, offering to sell, or transferring ownership of an assault weapon.”
Assault weapons bill likely to die in committee
Groups, including Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, threatened lawsuits and other action if an assault weapons ban passed through the legislature this session.
“That bill was something that was extreme. The governor had said he was unlikely to sign that,” FOX31 political analyst and Republican strategist Michael Fields said. “But I think the heart of it is that it’s an unconstitutional bill.”
The bill will likely eventually be killed in a committee later in the session, Boian said.
Watch the political analysts discuss the other gun control bills that are close to becoming law on “Colorado Point of View” this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Colorado’s Very Own Channel 2.