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Colo. gun magazine law proceeds after agreement

DENVER — New limits on ammunition magazines will continue in Colorado while sheriffs seek to overturn the law in court after attorneys in the case said Wednesday they had agreed on some technical fixes in the meantime.

Attorneys for the sheriffs were in court seeking a preliminary injunction on the law that bans magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. But a federal judge in Denver said there was nothing for her to rule on because attorneys for the state and the sheriffs had hammered out an agreement late Tuesday.

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The Attorney General’s Office drafted clarifying language of the new law outlining which magazines fall under the ban, and both sides agreed to it, saying it had the force of law.

‘‘That being the case, there is nothing for this court to enjoin,’’ said US District Court Judge Marcia Krieger in a swift hearing that lacked the intensity that has underscored the gun-control debate for almost a year here.

The law, passed after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, went into effect July 1, along with expanded background checks to include online and private firearm sales. The laws were major victories for Colorado Democrats.

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