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Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora,  urges House members to pass her bill on limiting the size of ammunition  magazines at the Capitol in Denver on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Kicking off a long, emotional debate about guns, Colorado lawmakers clashed Friday over setting limits on the size of ammunition magazines, a proposal in a package of Democratic bills responding to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

“My effort is going to be working upstream to prevent young kids from entering into the criminal justice system, making sure we have access to quality early childhood education, we have quality schools,”said Fields, a Democrat moving to the state Senate in January after four terms in the state House. “My effort is going to be up front, before someone does something really desperate or violent with a gun.”

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Karly Hanchett pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit first-degree murder and participating in a violent crime causing death. She was one of seven people charged in the September 2015 death of 34-year-old Tera Lewandowski, whose remains were found near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Pop, Boom, Bang fireworks stand at the corner of East Florida Avenue and South Parker Road is fully stocked and ready for the Fourth of July celebrations on Friday June 24, 2016.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted to send a plan to the full council that would allow the sale, possession and use of certain fireworks. In general, the new rules would allow the same fireworks permitted in Centennial and unincorporated Arapahoe County, meaning anything that doesn’t explode or shoot into the air. Sparklers, fountains and ground snakes would be allowed