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Colorado Sheriffs Suing Over Gun Control Laws

iStockphoto(DENVER) -- Colorado’s recently approved gun control laws, passed in response to the Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., massacres, are being challenged by a delegation of sheriffs who say the laws are unconstitutional.

In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed off on some of the toughest gun control legislation in the country, including a law mandating universal background checks for the purchase of firearms and another restricting the size of high-capacity magazines.

A lawsuit was filed on Friday in Colorado’s U.S. District Court on behalf of 54 of the state’s sheriffs in an effort to block the laws from taking effect.

“This lawsuit is for your rights and for your safety,” Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said at a news conference on Friday.

“These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family. Instead these misguided, unconstitutional bills will have the opposite effect because they greatly restrict the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes,” he said.

All but 10 of the state’s 64 sheriffs, who are elected officials, signed their names to the lawsuit.

Tom Sullivan, who lost his son Alex Sullivan in the Aurora movie theater massacre, told ABC News’ Denver affiliate he didn’t understand the backlash to the laws.

“I do not understand why these politicians are picking guns over people,” he said, “and why they want to make it easier for criminals to get guns and for other families to go through what we did.”

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President Obama Renews Push to Reduce Gun Violence

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- In his most extensive remarks on gun control since the tragedy in Tucson, President Obama Wednesday renewed his push to reduce gun violence saying “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals.”
Citing the massacre in Colorado and the, “less publicized acts of violence” that plague the nation’s cities, the president told the National Urban League that steps to reduce gun violence, “should not be controversial, they should be common sense.”
Following an “extraordinary heartbreaking tragedy” like the deadly shooting in Aurora, Obama said there is, “always an outcry immediately after for action,” but that, “too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere.”
“Steps to reduce violence have been met with opposition in Congress. This has been true for some time, particularly when it touches on the issue of guns,” he added.
The president made clear his support for second amendment rights, saying, “hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.”
“I also believe a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he said.
Going forward, Obama vowed to work with members of both parties to, “arrive at a consensus around violence reduction, not just of gun violence, but violence at every level.”
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