John Hickenlooper (CO-Sen) Tweet

Andrew Romanoff (CO-Sen) E-mail

What will it take?

Over the weekend, a mass shooting in west Texas claimed seven more lives. A 17-month-old girl was shot in the face.

While we grieve for the victims, while we shudder in horror, the Senate does nothing.

When Cory Gardner was asked whether the shootings in El Paso and Dayton had changed his mind about gun control, he said:

“We can’t accept a status quo where people are committing these kinds of atrocities, [but] I’m not going to hurt rights in order to protect rights.”

Whose rights are “hurt” by a background check? Is your “right” to a weapon of war more important than my right to live?

Without gun reform, the status quo will never change. These measures won’t stop every shooting—no law can—but they will reduce the death toll.

I agree with Gardner on one point: this shouldn’t be partisan. Curbing gun violence is common sense, which is why most Americans support proposals like these.
— Andrew Romanoff

John Walsh (CO-Sen), "Comprehensive National Violence Prevention & Domestic Terrorism Strategy"

Americans overwhelmingly support common-sense reforms to our gun laws.

Simply put, we cannot address the gun violence epidemic in our country with the national laws currently on the books. In 2013, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Obama Administration’s
package of gun violence measures, which ultimately were blocked by Senate Republicans.

Today, Congress must enact a package of common-sense national gun regulations, including:

● A national universal background check law that requires background checks to be performed by every
person who sells or transfers a gun—a change to our current gun laws that 92% of Americans support.

● A national magazine limit law that prohibits the sale and possession of large capacity magazines capable
of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

● A statutory ban on so-called “bump stocks” that effectively turn semi-automatic weapons into
fully-automatic weapons.

● A national law limiting the purchase and possession of military-grade weapons—such as the high muzzle
velocity, high-rate-of-fire rifles like the AR-15 used in several recent mass shootings—including by
limiting purchase and possession of such weapons to individuals that are at least 25-years-old.

● Elimination of federal laws limiting the use of federal funds to study gun violence and funding for research
on this crucial subject.

● A national extreme risk protection order (“ERPO”) law—similar to the one we passed here in
Colorado—that allows law enforcement and family members to act on warning signs of violence and
temporarily prevent access to firearms, including in cases where those warning signs demonstrate that
the individual may use guns to commit violent hate crimes or terrorism.

Diane Mitsch Bush (CO-03), "It's time to take rational action against gun violence"

In 2013, when I voted as a Colorado State Representative for universal background checks for all firearm purchases, I knew the gun lobby would use this vote against me and fight tooth and nail to unseat me in 2014.

I knew casting this vote could cost me my re-election. But I also knew it was the right thing to do.

Because at the end of the day, what matters is protecting innocent lives from the senseless and cruel consequences of gun violence. We can respect the Second Amendment and still adopt the common-sense gun laws that the majority of Americans support. We already have gun safety laws that work in Colorado, and I will work to be sure we get similar measures passed in Congress.

Join me in demanding that Representative Tipton and all of Congress act immediately to pass universal background checks.

We need legislators who will stand up to the gun lobby and fight for legislation that will save lives.

As your representative, I promise to stand up and fight for gun reform, regardless of what big-money groups want. I will represent you, not them.

If the cost is having the NRA against me, it’s a cost I’m more than willing to pay. I’ve taken on the gun lobby before, and I will take them on again.
— Diane Mitsch Bush

Alice Madden (CO-Sen) Twitter Statement

John Walsh (CO-Sen) Facebook Post

Horrified by the constant drumbeat of gun violence in America. Shootings like today’s tragedy in El Paso are part of a constant stream of news that makes us feel powerless. My heart goes out to all those who have been harmed, and their families and friends. And make no mistake, we do have the power to come together and do something about this.

Jillian Freeland (CO-05) Facebook Post

I will actually DO SOMETHING. Gun violence is preventable. Background checks, sensible regulation, and access to mental healthcare are not too much to ask. The vast majority of Americans support it. There is no excuse to continue with thoughts and prayers, it’s time to ACT.

Jillian Freeland (CO-05) Issue Statement

I am a traditionalist- we need to work toward the “well-regulated” provision of the Second Amendment written by our Founding Fathers. I support universal background checks for all firearm sales, nationally standardized education and licensing programs, prohibitions for abusers, safe storage requirements, and banning equipment such as suppressors, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks.

John Walsh (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

As a federal prosecutor, John Walsh dealt with gun violence directly, and has been a leading advocate for reducing it both in Colorado and in Washington DC.

As Colorado’s U.S. Attorney during the Obama years, John was the chief federal law enforcement official in Colorado for six years. Gun violence is not an abstract issue for him: As U.S. Attorney, he was on the scene the Aurora Theater shooting in 2012, and three years later, was on the scene of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs.

We are far too familiar with the tragedy of gun violence here in Colorado. John has been to too many hospital rooms, visiting with officers wounded responding to mass shootings. He has been to too many memorial services for innocent people who have left us too soon, and for officers who gave their lives trying to save others.

We are not powerless to stop gun violence. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact for America — even conservative Justice Antonin Scalia held that reasonable gun regulation is constitutional. But as long as the corporate gun lobby and their allies — including Cory Gardner — are in charge, nothing will change.

Here in Colorado, we’ve taken steps to curb mass shootings, including universal background checks, limits on magazine sizes, and extreme risk protection order legislation that gives a judge narrow authority to remove weapons from people who pose a danger to others — or to themselves.

John has a long history and commitment to working on gun violence. John led aggressive gun violence investigations and prosecutions as U.S. Attorney. He testified as a lead witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of President Obama’s package of gun violence measures after the tragedies in Aurora and in Newtown, Connecticut.

And John was honored to testify — alongside Sheriffs Tony Spurlock and Joe Pelle — on behalf of Colorado’s ‘red flag’ legislation before both houses of the Colorado Legislature in 2019.

These are common sense actions that can help abate the gun violence crisis in this country. The evidence shows that these measures work. And they are clearly, unmistakably constitutional.

At the same time, John recognizes that new safety laws will not, by themselves, solve the problem of gun violence in America. John is committed to a comprehensive, national anti-violence strategy, similar to the work he did to reduce violent extremism in Colorado as U.S. Attorney. That approach would help us deal not only with the epidemic of mass shootings, but also with Colorado’s high suicide rate, the disparate racial impacts of gun violence, and other systemic issues that often get lost in the debate over gun violence in America.

Andrew Romanoff (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

Over the last 25 years, I’ve met too many people all across Colorado who have lost loved ones to gun violence. My family joined that grim list in 2015.

We’re not alone. Gun violence claims the lives of more than 100 Americans each day, most by suicide. Gun violence is now the second leading cause of death among children—giving the U.S. the highest known rate in the world.

We’re making some progress in Colorado. In 2019 the state authorized judges to issue extreme risk protection orders in order to keep weapons from individuals who pose a significant danger to themselves or others.

Such “red flag” laws reduce death tolls and comport with the Constitution. My colleagues and I at Mental Health Colorado teamed up with law-enforcement leaders and gun-safety advocates to advance this proposal.

No such progress seems possible in Washington. Despite the daily drumbeat of gun violence, the gun lobby continues to block even modest reforms.

Enough is enough. We can and must take common-sense steps to save lives.

Here’s how:

Require background checks and waiting periods on all gun sales.

Strengthen the enforcement of existing gun laws, including the ban on straw purchases and bump stocks.

Equip the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives with the resources it needs to carry out its proper mission.

Impose an effective ban on the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Limit bulk gun purchases.

Fund federal research on gun violence prevention.

Extend the prohibition on gun sales to abusive partners and those convicted of stalking offenses.

End legal immunity for the gun industry.

Promote safe-storage requirements.

Fund local, evidence-based strategies to prevent gun violence.

Mike Johnston (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

As a state Senator, Mike Johnston took on the NRA twice, and won, helping pass legislation to implement universal background checks and ban high-capacity magazines in Colorado.

Mike’s priorities for addressing gun violence in the Senate include:

Implementing universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole.

Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Keeping guns out of the hands of those who have hurt or intend to hurt others, including domestic abusers, stalkers and those who commit hate crimes.

Passing a national Extreme Risk Protection Order law, so if there is reason to believe someone is a risk to themselves or others, their guns can be temporarily removed until they are no longer a risk.

Treating gun violence like the health crisis it is and funding research into how to address it.

Giving schools better resources to spot threats and provide interventions.

Making sure guns are stored safely in homes with children to prevent accidents and suicide.

Lorena Garcia (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

One of our nation’s greatest threats to our public health is gun violence leading to the most common cause of death for young men. 22,000 lives are taken by guns every year. We must take swift action to curb gun violence by implementing data-driven gun safety regulations.

Repeal the Dickey Amendment and encourage and fund gun violence research and solution implementation

Require licensure and education on handling guns

Address root causes including bullying, mental health, and poverty

Universal background checks for EVERY gun sale

Federal buy back program for all military grade guns

Ellen Burnes (CO-Sen) Facebook Post

23% of Coloradoans are too young to vote. They still have a voice and they are saying no to gun violence. As party chair, I invited our Students Demand Action to speak at our County Assembly of over 785 people.

Our kids’ safety matters. School safety matters. Community safety matters.

I support expanded background checks, eliminating loopholes, longer waiting periods, red flag laws and believe that military-style weapons should not be in citizens’ hands.
— Ellen Burnes

Diana Bray (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

While some states are already taking strides in passing common sense gun safety laws, we need to address the gun violence problem at the federal level. Half of the states with waiting periods have a 10 day or longer waiting period, and all of the states with waiting periods have seen significant reductions in gun-related deaths. Here’s what I’m advocating for:

Federal Universal Background Checks

Closing the Gun Show Loophole for private-party gun purchases

Federally mandated safety and maintenance training certification and licensure

Federally mandated Ten Day Waiting Period

Institute Federal Red Flag Laws

Rescind the Dickey Amendment which prevents the CDC from engaging in gun specific research and gun law advocacy

Prevent gun sales to individuals who are convicted of domestic abuse or stalking

Federally ban weapon modifications that make semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic firearms

Regulate the production and distribution of ghost guns

Ban military-grade assault weapons