DENVER | Responding to the Colorado supermarket shooting that killed 10 people, state Democratic lawmakers on Thursday outlined legislation that would create a state office dedicated to preventing gun violence, expand background checks and allow municipalities greater freedom to adopt their own gun control laws.
Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg told a Capitol news conference that the legislation, which has yet to be introduced, likely would not have stopped the Boulder shooting from happening. But he said the package advances Democrats’ gun control initiatives this year that have included new laws requiring safe firearms storage and reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
After the Boulder supermarket attack, residents called for an assault-style weapons ban, but Fenberg said such a move would be largely ineffective without a nationwide ban. He repeated that Thursday but insisted preventing gun violence requires continual steps.
“There is nothing we can do to bring back the lives that were stolen from us,” said Fenberg, who represents Boulder. “We must continue to demand federal action on gun violence prevention.”