As Connecticut lawmakers prepare for their own battle over state gun laws, some states are a few stages ahead.
On Friday, the Colorado state legislature passed a bill to require universal background checks, expanding their system to include private transfers and online gun sales. That measure now awaits the Governor’s signature.
Other gun control measures have passed the House in Colorado. If enacted, those proposals would limit magazine size and allow colleges and universities to ban weapons on campus. Colorado, responding not only to Newtown but also the mass shootings at Columbine in 1999 and the Aurora movie theater this summer, has significantly shifted on gun laws in recent years.
Laura Cutilletta, Senior Staff Attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said that as recently as November, her pro-gun control organization gave the state a ‘D’ on its gun laws.
“It’s not a terrible state but it’s not really had great gun laws,” she said. “Now there are great proposals that are moving through the process.”
The other side agrees with the shift but has a different reaction:
“Colorado had up until ten to 12 years ago been a fairly good gun state,” said Dave Workman of the Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.