On Sunday, Democratic Governor of Colorado Jared Polis declined to support President Biden’s call for a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” but he indicated that he would be open to considering additional licensing requirements for some “high-powered guns.”
Chuck Todd of NBC News’ “Meet the Press” asked Polis whether he would support a federal assault weapons ban proposed by Biden last week in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado Springs. Polis, who leans somewhat conservatively on gun issues, has previously criticized calls for assault weapons bans.
“There is a 15-bullet maximum for magazines in Colorado; no more than that is permitted. High-powered weaponry can no longer be used to injure people as effectively. In light of this, I believe that all of these issues, as well as the red flag law’s expansion of its application, should be carefully considered “Polis stated. “However, as I said earlier, it goes beyond gun control. Yes, we should thoughtfully and logically discuss that and put it on the table. Talking about mental health is equally important. We must discuss the contentious discourse that, regrettably, certain candidates for leadership positions in our nation, including some of them, virtually daily engage in.”
After a gunman opened fire on a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub on November 19, killing five people and injuring dozens more, President Biden promised to lobby Congress to pass a new assault weapons ban before the new Congress convened in January and the Republicans took back control of the House.