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Gazette Premium Content Parents of Aurora victims slam Rep. Mike Coffman

Associated Press Updated: April 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

AURORA — Parents of two people killed in the Aurora theater shooting are calling on Rep. Mike Coffman to support universal background checks.

Coffman opposes a bill in Congress that would expand background checks to almost anyone purchasing a firearm. The parents of Jessica Ghawi (GAH'-wee) and Alex Sullivan on Wednesday said that Coffman deserves to be voted out of office if he maintains that position.

Universal background checks were defeated by a filibuster in the U.S. Senate last year after the Newtown shooting. They are unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Coffman, a Republican, faces one of the toughest re-election campaigns of any member of congress. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Romanoff, supports expanding background checks.

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