DENVER (AP) - Guns are a part of Colorado's heritage, but the state should also be at the fore of efforts to curb gun violence.

That's how Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper introduced a panel on gun violence Tuesday night in Denver.

Panelists included Colorado Senate President John Morse and state Rep. Rhonda Fields, both of whom are proposing bills to limit access to firearms during this year's legislative session. Others on the panel Tuesday evening included Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and Republican Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. Lamborn and Buck oppose gun-control measures backed by Fields and Morse.

Colorado lawmakers are considering several bills dealing with guns, including limiting the size of ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for private gun sales.