Colorado Senate Votes to Repeal Expanded Background Checks


On March 25, the Colorado Senate voted to repeal the expanded background checks that Democrats rammed through as part of the draconian gun control package that was implemented on July 1, 2013.

Democrats justified the passage of expanded background checks by pointing to “mass shootings” at the Aurora movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School. In both instances, the lawmakers failed to note that federal background checks were already in place and failed to stop either gunman.

James Holmes, the Aurora theater shooter, actually passed a background check, and Adam Lanza of the Sandy Hook massacre simply went around the checks by stealing his guns.

According to ABC 7, the vote to repeal the expanded checks was 18-17, along party lines.

A driving force behind the vote was state Senator John Cooke (R-13). He was the sheriff in Weld County, Colorado, when the expanded background checks went into effect, and he argued then that the state lacked authority to expand a check that was federal to begin with. Now, as state senator, Cooke successfully argued against the checks by showing they were passed as a feel-good measure, without any real understanding of the headaches they would cause law enforcement at an administrative level or any real proof that they would reduce crime at all.

According to, Cooke showed that the expanded background checks have only led to “three convictions” since going into effect in 2013.

Speaking to his fellow senators, Cooke said, “Three convictions? Three? We’re not catching many people. This law doesn’t make any sense.”

The repeal now moves to the Colorado House, where Democrats still hold a majority.

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