Colorado

Dec 13, 2012 12:32 PM by JD Downing

Hickenlooper calls for gun control

DENVER (AP) - Five months after a movie theater massacre in suburban Denver shocked the nation, Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper now says "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures.

The Democratic governor has until now resisted calls to review state gun laws after the shootings in Aurora. Hickenlooper upset some in his party when he said last summer that stricter laws would not have prevented the massacre.

In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Hickenlooper said enough time has passed since the tragedy and that the legislative session in January would be an appropriate time to take up a debate gun control measures.

Former neuroscience student James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July movie shootings.

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