Skip to comments.Local lawmakers cool to more gun laws (Colorado)
Posted on 02/05/2013 3:56:10 PM PST by Red Steel
Cheerful that the Legislature is getting under way, Southern Colorado lawmakers gave generally high marks to Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State speech Thursday, although most are cool to tougher gun laws.
Whether it was new state Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, new state Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, or veteran state Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa, the governor's call to universal background checks on gun sales didn't inspire.
All three called themselves Second Amendment supporters.
"I guess it's a subject for further discussion," said Garcia, the brand new House District 46 lawmaker. "But I liked the portions of his speech about expanding our treatment for people with mental health problems. The root of these (gun violence incidents) is often mental illness."
State Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo and newly appointed to the state Capital Construction Committee, was pleased Hickenlooper declared his support for her legislation to give undocumented young people discounted college tuition.
Add a couple more CO Dems who are balking at making new gun laws.
Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton