DENVER (CBS4) – Retired astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are helping launch a new gun control group in Colorado. This one is made up of gun owners.

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The effort comes as gun sales are down, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a gun rights case for the first time in nine years.

Colorado Gun Owners for Safety is made up of sport shooters, gun collectors and hunters like Mike Heyka.

“We’re not gun grabbers nor do we believe in arming everyone with guns is the answer. We are the moderate middle.”

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They say they were moved to action by shootings like that of Giffords, who told them, “Now is the time to come together, be responsible.”

Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, is also a gun owner.

“Strong Second Amendment rights I believe go hand in hand with stronger gun laws,” he said.

The new group will help push for gun control at the State Capitol.

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“I think what we’ve seen is the public has shifted a lot,” said Rep. Alec Garnett, who plans to sponsor a bill to allow family or law enforcement to temporarily take someone’s guns if a judge deems them mentally unstable. “We’re in a place to move forward on something to save lives. Everyone should feel the pressure to make sure we get this done. I think we will this year.”

The bill failed last year in a Republican-controlled Senate.

“I don’t believe that this makes Coloradans any safer,” said Republican Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg. He says the bill is unconstitutional. “So we’re doing away with that due process, and that’s a concern for me.”

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He’s concerned too about the new gun control group being the voice for gun owners. None of them are Republican.

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Mark Kelly says the gun lobby isn’t the voice for gun owners either. He says he welcomes any gun owner who supports their mission.

“It would be great if this group was bigger, and we had Republican gun owners, and I’m sure we’re looking for them.”

Gov. Jared Polis, who is friends with former Congresswoman Giffords, met with her privately. No word on whether they discussed gun control.

Polis has indicated support for taking guns temporarily from people who are mentally unstable and with Democrats in control of both chambers, the bill will likely pass this year.

Shaun Boyd

Comments (5)
  1. 2A isn’t about hunting or target shooting. Read the federalist papers and history.

  2. Jason Gray says:

    Just remember what happen the last time CO passed gun control… Three senators lost their jobs. CO doesn’t want gun control.

  3. Saci Versace says:

    Any Gun Control is unconstitutional. It’s that simple. Think before you propose such BS

  4. John Sokol says:

    These people represent a tiny minority of gun owners. Heralding them as representing anything but a minority is dishonest journalism and high grade slimy politics. I also don’t know why being a hunter is relevant, since the Right to Bear Arms is about being able to defend yourself, your family and your country. It has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. It seems hunters are literally becoming enemies of The Second Amendment. Allowing a persons Constitutional right to due process, in order to violate their Constitutional right to bear arms, to be suspended on the testimony of another individual who may or may not have a bias against you or your Second Amendment right is criminal at best under The Constitution. If you think this won’t be abused by zealous anti gunners against their neighbors or family who own guns, you are deluded. The fact we are even entertaining the idea of suspending a persons Constitutional rights without due process is such an affront to what it means to be a citizen of the US that I wonder just how far gone we are as a country from the ideals that made us so great. Prepare for lawsuits, I know where I will be spending my money to fight this.

  5. Joe Gerber says:

    No, they are the helm of a gun control group, with the emphasis on control. Nothing they are advocating would have any effect on gun violence. Colorado already has universal background checks and magazine capacity limits, thanks to liberals, and it has done nothing to reduce gun-related crime, period. Once again, for all the little minded leftists, criminals don’t obey laws. The vast majority of criminals obtain their weapons illegally, either by stealing them or purchasing them on the black market. They don’t walk into a gun store and submit to a background check and they sure don’t do it on a back alley, illegal sale. It truly is amazing that liberals continue to attempt to wipe away a Constitutionally stated and protected right while fighting for “rights” that don’t exist, like legalizing the killing of babies up to birth which Gov. Cuomo and liberals celebrated this week. Yeah but securing our border is “immoral”.