Bygones: Governor Apologizes to Sheriffs for Not Consulting With Them Prior to New Gun Laws

June 16, 2014 - 5:01 PM

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, issued a formal apology to the state's sheriffs for not consulting with them over his new gun control laws that have been less than popular with the residents of the Rocky Mountain State.

The governor promised a more open line of communication for future policy initiatives (via USA Today):

Governor John Hickenlooper is offering an apology to some of his fiercest rivals on the issue of gun control: Colorado's sheriffs.

The governor's mea culpa came Friday when he spoke before an assembled group of sheriffs from around Colorado.

A Hickenlooper spokesman confirms that the Governor apologized to the sheriffs for not meeting with them prior to the passage of gun control bills they opposed. Hickenlooper also said his administration didn't do a good job anticipating pushback on gun control. According to his spokesman, Hickenlooper pledged better communication in the future.

Yet, I'm not sure the governor wants to talk more about gun control, as residents of his state don't want stricter gun laws. At the same time, they seem to be for expanded background checks based on a Quinnipiac poll last November (via The Denver Post):

A new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found the majority of Coloradans have mixed feelings on the state's gun-control laws and that Gov. John Hickenlooper has split approval numbers with voters as he heads into 2014.

When voters were asked directly if they support "stricter new gun-control laws," 55 percent opposed the laws and 40 percent approved of the laws.

However, Coloradans overwhelmingly - 85 percent to 14 percent - said they support requiring background checks for all gun buyers and were split at 49 percent to 48 percent on limits to ammunition magazines of 15 rounds.

Regardless of the background check statistic, the new gun laws booted two anti-gun legislators through a recall election last September, and led to the resignation of a third around a month later.

H/T Jazz Shaw