DENVER - Gun policy should not be guided by gut-level reactions to mass shootings in Aurora last July and at a Connecticut elementary school last month, the County Sheriffs of Colorado says in a position paper outlining a tough stance against legislation expected to be proposed soon by state Democrats.
"It is the sheriffs' opinion that all gun control bills be tabled for at least a year to encourage rational deliberation before any decisions are made," the group wrote.
The nonpartisan professional association, which represents Colorado's 62 elected sheriffs, also opposes assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazine bans.
Efforts to craft legislation on both of these issues are being made by lawmakers at the state Capitol. However, details of such legislation have not been announced.
"Law enforcement officers carry high-capacity magazines because there are times when 10 rounds might not be enough to end the threat," the group wrote. "County Sheriffs of Colorado believe the same should hold true for civilians who wish to defend themselves, especially if attacked by multiple assailants."
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