Colorado’s debate over guns is set to play out during next year’s race for governor.
As the Denver Post reports, activists on both sides of the debate are poised to magnify even the smallest differences among Democratic and Republican candidates in their stance on gun control.
Re-litigation of the state’s 2013 gun laws, which requires universal background checks and limits the size of magazines to 15 rounds, is at the center of the debate. Since that law’s passage, a deep divide about its effectiveness has remained – with state statistics and one recent study suggesting the efforts have had a limited impact.
The Denver Post sent a survey to candidates running for governor and conducted interviews with nine candidates in the 2018 governor’s race and found that among the candidates, there is little variation in how each would approach gun regulation.
Republicans are divided about universal background checks, while the requirement is supported by each of the Democratic candidates.