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DENVER — A bill that would allow the concealed carry of handguns without a permit or training passed the Colorado State Senate on a party-line vote on Thursday.

Eighteen Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while 16 Democrats and one independent voted against it.

The bill would allow anyone who legally owns a handgun to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado.

Under the bill, the person would have the same rights and limitations as one with a permit to carry a concealed handgun under current law.

The current law restricts carrying of concealed handguns on certain property such as public schools.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Neville and Republican Rep. Kevin Van Winkle.

The bill now moves to the Democratic-controlled House.