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Obama plans Denver visit to tout gun control

March 28, 2013
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photo - US President Barack Obama speaks during an event on protecting children from gun violence Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Standing behind Obama are relatives of shooting victims and gun violence activists. Photo by  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama speaks during an event on protecting children from gun violence Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Standing behind Obama are relatives of shooting victims and gun violence activists. Photo by AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images 

DENVER — President Obama is coming to Colorado to highlight the state’s gun control push as he tries to convince Congress to tackle the issue.

Obama is scheduled to come Wednesday. The White House says the president will meet with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the gun control package signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Colorado has gone farther than any state outside the northeast in passing new gun laws. The state now prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 bullets and requires background checks for all private gun sales.

Democrats passed the laws over strong Republican objections. Democrats said they were reacting to massacres at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. Obama has been unable to get similar measures through Congress.

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