Gun-control letter gets nod from commissioners
January 9, 2013
ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners on Tuesday endorsed a letter urging stricter gun-control measures, with Commissioner Michael Owsley dissenting.
The letter, said Commissioner Rachel Richards, is meant to help start the conversation rather than be the final word on the topic.
Intended for state and federal representatives, the letter calls for action on gun control and enhanced mental-health services.
It urges ending the “gun-show loophole” that allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without adequate background checks; more robust background checks to ensure that guns aren’t sold to felons and the mentally ill; reinstating the ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines; and requiring consumer-safety standards for all guns.