Gun control debate heats up in Colorado, DC

8:53 PM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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It's the latest chapter in the long struggle over the right to bear arms.

On Capitol Hill, gun control advocates are getting ready for a new fight - and new legislation to ban assault weapons.

Gun rights advocates point out that Connecticut's tough gun laws didn't stop Friday's tragedy.

In Colorado, political leaders have indicated they will address gun control in the next legislative session.

On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said there's no use in waiting until news coverage of Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school fades to discuss gun control.

The Democrat says the nation "can't postpone the discussion on a national level every time there's a shooting," because they're too often.

Legislative leaders have indicated that it will be difficult to find common ground.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said this week that "the time is right" to debate gun control legislation.

Lawmakers weighed in on the topic Friday, the day of a massacre a Connecticut elementary school.

Democratic Senate President John Morse says it's possible that his party will introduce legislation to ban assault weapons and that lawmakers need to balance people's right to own guns with public safety. Republican Senate Leader Bill Cadman says his caucus' position on gun control hasn't changed.

At USA Liberty Arms in Fort Collins, owners say Saturday, the day following the Sandy Hook shooting, the gun store did its best day ever in sales.

People don't know what will happen with gun control and that is affecting consumer decisions, according to John Mason with USA Liberty Arms.

"Every time we turn around we're getting more legislation or more regulation on taking away something or limiting something for a random incident or a random act of violence," Mason said.

"And as Americans, of course, we're going to go and grab up what we can get and have that we're not going to be able to get or have in the future," he added.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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