Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper holds a comfortable lead over his potential Republican challengers, and 52 percent of Colorado voters approve of his job performance, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Democrats rejected an attempt Monday to repeal new background checks for private and online firearm sales in Colorado, arguing the law adopted last year in the wake of mass shootings is preventing criminals from buying guns.
Lawmakers heard arguments over one of Colorado’s new gun laws Monday night.
Republicans making a case to repeal Colorado gun background checks on private and online sales say the new requirements burden law-abiding citizens.
Expanded background checks for firearm sales in Colorado were passed by Democrats last year at great political cost. Now Republicans are offering up a bill to repeal the law, reigniting the debate over gun control during an election year.
The Republican leader in the Colorado House says his party will try to overturn or change the gun restrictions Democrats passed earlier this year.
Gun control advocates say the National Rifle Association-aided recall of two Colorado legislators who backed new gun restrictions will make it harder to revive stalled efforts in Congress to tighten firearm laws.
The first month of background checks on private firearm sales in Colorado resulted in 10 denials for people with criminal records.
Stores across Colorado are pulling high-capacity magazines off shelves. A new law that took effect Monday limits magazines to 15 rounds and some people are already deliberately breaking the law.
Colorado wildlife officials say they see no signs that hunters across the country are boycotting Colorado because of new laws meant to curtail gun violence, but they won’t know for sure until October or November.