Fate of Gun Control in Colorado May Test Post-Newtown Firearms Debate Outcome


There could hardly be a starker divide on guns than in Colorado, reports the Washington Post. Metropolitan Denver has been hit by two of the most horrific mass shootings in recent years, Columbine and ­Aurora. Leave the city and you get to areas where the nearest police officer could be a 20-minute drive and owning a weapon for self-defense becomes more than a talking point. The state legislature is caught up in a bitter struggle over whether to tighten gun laws. While advocates acknowledge the proposals are modest, if enacted they would represent the first gun-control measures adopted in the U.S. interior since the Newtown massacre. It's been more than a decade since Colorado tightened its gun laws. And the outcome of the current battle remains much in doubt. Seven gun-control bills are scheduled for a vote in the state Senate tomorrow. Four of those measures already passed the state House last month by a narrow margin and the Senate vote is expected to be even closer. The fate of the meas­ures in this political swing state could say much about whether the Connecticut killings have fundamentally reshaped the national debate over firearms and how gun-control efforts will fare beyond the state's borders.

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