DENVER — Colorado Republicans are reloading their holsters on attempts to expand gun rights.

Some of their proposals this year are ideas that Democrats have rejected in the past. Republicans are trying to give business owners and employees the power to use deadly force against intruders. Another proposal would allow people to have a concealed weapon at schools or colleges if a person has a legal permit.

Other legislation would eliminate background checks from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for firearm purchases. The lawmaker proposing the legislation says the state background checks duplicate checks already done federally. Another bill would bar state officials from prohibiting people's use of firearms during a declared state of emergency.

Democrats call the proposals a distraction from job creation. Republicans say they're protecting Second Amendment rights.