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Some Colorado Sheriffs Oppose More Gun Control

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Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and other sheriffs speak out against new gun control measures in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to Colorado on April 3. (credit: CBS)

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and other sheriffs speak out against new gun control measures in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to Colorado on April 3. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — Some Colorado sheriffs are speaking out against any more gun control measures as President Barack Obama visits the state.

Sixteen sheriffs, including Larimer County’s Justin Smith and John Cooke of Weld County, plan to hold a news conference Wednesday in Denver. They’ll gather in a park near where the president will meet with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the gun control package recently signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

He’s trying to put pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass federal gun control legislation.

Colorado has gone further than any state outside the Northeast in passing new gun laws. The state now prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 bullets and requires background checks for all private gun sales.

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