Julia Friedmann, West End Strategy Team
TUES 5/18 at 5 p.m.: Colorado Lawmakers, Gun Violence Prevention Advocates to Discuss Opportunities to Enact Gun Safety Legislation in Colorado
Following a spate of horrific mass shootings, Rep. Tom Sullivan and Rep. Jennifer Bacon will join Colorado Ceasefire and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to discuss the opportunity to pass gun safety legislation in Colorado
DENVER — In Colorado, two people die daily from gun violence. On Tuesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. MDT, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and Colorado Ceasefire will convene a panel featuring Colorado State Representatives Jennifer Bacon and Tom Sullivan to discuss opportunities to pass gun safety legislation in Colorado as well as recent legislative victories. Colorado Ceasefire is the longest-serving statewide, grassroots gun violence prevention organization in Colorado.
The panel conversation takes place two weeks after a horrific shooting in Colorado Springs killed six people and two months after a shooter in Boulder killed 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store. Rep. Sullivan’s son was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, and panelist and Colorado Ceasefire activist Tom Mauser’s son was killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
CSGV representatives will discuss the need to address and prevent gun violence using the public health approach. The Colorado state legislature recently passed two gun violence prevention laws, signed into law by Governor Jared Polis, that require gun owners to practice safe storage and require lost and stolen firearms to be reported to law enforcement within five days of the incident. Lawmakers are currently considering a landmark gun violence prevention package that would improve Colorado’s background check system, repeal a law that prevents local governments from issuing their own gun safety regulations, and establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention, which would coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence.
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The panel will be moderated by Jen Pauliukonis, director of policy and programming at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Panelists will include:
- Colorado State Rep. Jennifer Bacon, sponsor of legislation to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in Colorado. She represents House District 7 in Denver’s far northeast.
- Colorado Ceasefire board member Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine shooting
- Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora shooting and who represents House District 37 in the Centennial area.
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.
About Colorado Ceasefire
Colorado Ceasefire has been working for freedom from gun violence since 2000. Ceasefire initiated and was instrumental in the enactment of the 2013 Colorado firearms laws, which included universal background checks, a high-capacity magazine ban, and domestic violence firearms relinquishment. Ceasefire began advocating for an Extreme Risk law in 2016, which became effective January 1, 2020.