Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:53 PM by Eric Ross
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 8:09 AM
Senate and House Democrats rolled out a series of gun control bills Tuesday they say will prevent major tragedies like the Aurora theatre shooting and Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre from happening in the future.
"Gun violence is destroying our families and communities," one victim said during a press conference in Denver Tuesday afternoon. "We have had enough."
Several lawmakers have had enough too. Senate President John Morse, House Speak Mark Ferrandino, and Rep. Rhonda Fields were in attendance----all supporting more regulations for gun owners and sellers.
The strongest support came from victims. Jane Dougherty lost her sister in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
"She lost her life running toward a gunman armed with an assault weapon," Dougherty said.
Here's what was proposed in the gun safety package:
First, democrats are calling for universal background checks for gun purchases and support the ban of high capacity magazines.
However, they stopped short of suggesting a statewide ban on assault weapons.
Democrats also want new policies to allow mental health professionals to alert police about patients they believe should not have access to guns.
Had these policies been implemented years ago, victims believe dozens of lives could have been saved.
"We must make changes," Dougherty said.
Not all are convinced, but it's something everyone will be keeping a close eye on for the next few months.
News 5 reached out to House Rep. Mark Waller from Colorado Springs to get the other side of this debate.
His public information officer informed us he was in Denver Tuesday.