The proposed bill would "remove Colorado statutes that exempt manufacturers, importers and dealers from their responsibility for the damages done by their products," Democratic leaders said. It would also "create strict civil liability on the transfer, sale, or manufacture of these firearms."
"For far too long, gun owners, dealers and manufacturers have shifted responsibility for the damage caused by these guns to the families of the injured or murdered, our health care system, the state and ultimately the taxpayers," the Democrats said. "Any private benefit for a person to own such rifles is far outweighed by the additional danger they pose to the public."
Democrats control both houses of the Colorado Legislature.
"With rights come responsibilities," the Democrats said in their stateent. "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms, but does not absolve us of the responsibility that goes along with that right. While semi-automatic firearms account for less than two percent of the roughly 300 million guns in the United States, the consequences of their use are disproportionately devastating. Rather than approach the problem by banning particular types of weapons, this solution will marry the right with the responsibility, ensuring that those who put these guns on our streets pay the full cost imposed on our society."
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