Colorado lawmaker says bill was too broad, bu supports expanded background checks and limits on high-capacity ammo clips
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO— Facing reelection next year, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) this week voted against a proposed ban on assault weapons, saying the measure was too broad for his gun-toting Colorado constituents.
Udall did support a background check bill, which failed when four Democratic senators, all up for reelection next year, voted against it. According to many polls, more than 90 percent of Americans support stronger background checks.
Udall dusted off the Second Amendment and said, “Coloradans, including sportsmen, hunters and responsible gun owners, agree that we need to keep dangerous military-style weapons off of our streets and out of places like our schools and movie theaters.
“In carefully studying the language of this specific assault weapons ban, it became clear that it went too far because it also would have banned certain hunting rifles and even some shotguns,” Udall said, adding that he had no chance to amend the bill to make it work for Colorado sportsmen.
“While this legislation sought to keep the most dangerous weapons off of our streets, we needed a more tailored and measured approach that better respected our traditions of hunting, sport shooting and responsible gun ownership. More specifically, if this bill had been more carefully crafted to only ban weapons designed for the battlefield and keep them out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, I would have supported it,” he said.
“Although I voted against this version of an assault weapons ban, I voted earlier today for strengthened background-check legislation. And I will vote for legislation that bans high-capacity magazines, because that more focused policy — similar to what passed in Colorado at the state level — achieves many of the same goals without unnecessarily infringing on Coloradans’ Second Amendment rights.”