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Mayor Hancock to Congress: “Enough is Enough. Do Something.”

Mayor calls on Congress and Colorado congressional delegation to lead on passing needed gun reform legislation

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today sent a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation urging them and Congress to lead on enacting common sense gun reforms following two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend that left a collective 31 people dead and 50 more injured.

“The time to act is now. We must act today to enact common sense reforms that will help eliminate the rampart gun violence plaguing our cities, our nation and the very soul of our society,” Mayor Hancock wrote in his letter to the state’s representatives and senators. “When you combine our lack of sensible gun reform laws with escalating hate and extremism – hate and extremism that has been normalized and emboldened by the words and actions of our nation’s leadership – it puts our country in an unimaginable crisis.”

In the letter, Mayor Hancock called on Congress and the state’s congressional delegation to support and pass the following legislation:

  • H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, which are currently in the Senate
  • Reauthorization of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban
  • A federal ban on high capacity magazines
  • A federal Red Flag Law
  • Increased support for training programs so people are better equipped to detect and report suspect behavior before someone commits a mass shooting
  • Increase support for mental health treatment and services

“We know it will not be easy, and we know this is not a problem with a single solution. But enough is enough. Do something,” the mayor’s letter concluded.