“There’s nothing we can do to bring back the lives that were stolen from us. There’s no single policy we can pass that can guarantee no more lives will be taken from us. We also know that we must continue to demand federal action on gun violence prevention. But this cannot be an excuse for inaction,” Colorado Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg, a Democrat, said during a news conference on April 29.
A new bill, Senate Bill 256, would rescind a state law prohibiting a local government from imposing bans on selling, purchasing, or possession of a firearm.
House Bill 1298 would require licensed gun dealers to obtain approval from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on whether a background check is complete before a firearm can be transferred.
And the third bill, House Bill 1299, would create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention to “coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence and related traumas and promote research regarding causes of, and evidence-based responses to, gun violence.”
State House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, a Republican, said that “everyone, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, is sick from the recent incidents of violence.”
“The challenge is to affect change at the root cause. It is not a coincidence that the discussion of mental health is paramount. We have to do more and find avenues that destigmatize and make more readily available mental and behavioral health services,” he said, according to CNN.
But in recent days, other states such as Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Utah have done the exact opposite.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill last week that made Oklahoma a Second Amendment sanctuary state, joining a growing number of states to have done so in recent days amid White House and Democratic proposals to enact more gun control measures.