Colorado Senate votes to repeal background check gun law

In a largely symbolic move, Colorado’s state Senate moved to repeal background checks on private gun sales on Tuesday.

Legislative Republicans have opposed the two-year-old background check law from the start, arguing it places an unfair burden on private gun owners, while doing little to prevent criminals from obtaining guns.

Democrats point out that the background checks have turned up some instances of convicted felons trying to illegally buy weapons.

This vote was just preliminary, with a final Senate vote expected soon. The bill is virtually guaranteed to fail in the state House, though, where the Democratic majority has already rejected a similar measure.