DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills this morning that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado, a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.
Hickenlooper’s signature of the bills comes exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a movie theater in suburban Denver, and the day after the executive director of the state’s Corrections Department was shot and killed at his home.
Police were searching for the person who killed Tom Clements, and trying to figure out if the attack was related to his job.
The bills require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
Hickenlooper was surrounded by lawmakers who sponsored the bills at the signing ceremony.