Thank you for writing regarding gun control in Colorado. This is an important
subject, and we appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and concerns.
Throughout the past six months in Colorado and across the nation, we have
experienced an unprecedented level of tragedy due to gun violence. The shooting that
occurred in Aurora on the night of July 20th is an event that will remain in our
hearts and minds forever. And while our lives will never be the same again, these
experiences showed the strength and resilience of individuals to come together as a
community. Now, as a community, we must come together to discuss ways we can prevent
similar tragedies in the future.
Your letter is one of thousands we have received expressing sympathy and sharing
your opinions on everything from banning assault weapons, to increasing mental
health availability, to the rights of citizens to carry concealed weapons. The
diversity of opinions on how best to address this issue is proof positive that we
should not shy away from this discussion. We are confident that through thoughtful
and mindful debate we can find reasonable solutions that respect the rights of
law-abiding Coloradans to own firearms while maintaining the health and safety of
This is a multifaceted issue and part of this dialogue should focus on mental health
access. So, we have asked the Colorado General Assembly to support a comprehensive
overhaul of our state’s mental health system so we can better identify and help
people who are a threat to themselves and others.
This is a conversation that will continue throughout the course of this legislative
session, so we also encourage you to share your thoughts with your legislators. To
contact the House of Representatives, please call 303-866-2904. To contact the
Senate, please call 303-866-2316. These contacts will direct your call to the
appropriate office. Or, you can find your legislators online at
Once again, thank you for your input, and for taking the time to contact our office.
We will keep your thoughts in mind as we move forward.
Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper