Colorado Democrats shelve effort to impose a gun-purchase waiting period this year |

Colorado Democrats shelve effort to impose a gun-purchase waiting period this year

Even without the waiting-period measure, the 2021 legislative session in Colorado will be one of the state’s most significant with regard to gun control

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 8: Rep. Tom Sullivan joins other members and guests in the house chambers as the second regular session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly convenes at the Colorado State Capitol on January 8, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. / Photo By Kathryn Scott, Special to the Colorado Sun

Democratic state lawmakers have shelved efforts to pass a bill imposing a gun-purchase waiting period this year, as they had planned before the 2021 lawmaking term began.

State Rep. Steve Woodrow, a Denver Democrat, was slated to be the prime sponsor of the measure. He said the massacre at a Boulder King Soopers reshaped lawmakers’ gun-control plans this year and they decided to focus on other policies.

“After the shooting we worked diligently to craft a package of bills that will have the most impact and that’s the package we’re moving forward with this session,” he said in a written statement.

State Rep. Tom Sullivan, a Centennial Democrat whose son was murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, said the waiting-period bill could be introduced at the Capitol next year.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “We’ll keep working on it.”

Sullivan said lawmakers next year may also try to raise Colorado’s minimum age to purchase high-powered rifles. Currently anyone over 18 and older can purchase a rifle or shotgun while anyone 21 and older can purchase a handgun.

Read more from Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun.

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