Obama, in Colorado, presses for gun measures

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is traveling to Colorado on Wednesday to praise the state's newly passed gun control legislation amid signs of waning momentum in Congress for similar federal measures.

Obama has been stepping up calls for universal background checks and demanding congressional votes for a renewed ban on certain assault weapons and for limits on large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Obama will meet with law enforcement officials and community leaders in Denver, not far from the site of the movie theater shooting last summer that killed 12 people.

Last week Obama called for legislation while flanked by 21 mothers who have lost children to gun violence.

On Monday, Obama plans to go to Hartford, Conn., where state lawmakers have announced a bipartisan agreement on gun legislation as a response to December's Newtown, Conn., massacre.

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