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Gazette Premium Content House: Guns can't be taken during state of emergency

Staff reports Updated: February 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

DENVER — House lawmakers approved a bill to forbid the state from seizing Colorado residents' firearms during a declared state of emergency.

Republican House Leader Amy Stephens says the bill is about emergency preparedness. The proposal passed the Republican-led House Monday with bipartisan support but it's likely to be defeated in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Stephens says her proposal is one that several states have implemented after Hurricane Katrina, when there was mass looting. The National Rifle Association says 31 states have legislation in place similar to what Colorado lawmakers are considering.

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