Colorado Gov. John Hinkenlooper said Wednesday that he will not run away from the expanded universal background checks that he signed into law two weeks ago when he runs for re-election in 2014.
“Certainly universal background checks is something I would be happy to campaign on,” the Democratic governor said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “I am sure it will come up and we won’t back away from it for a moment.”
The onetime Denver mayor signed new gun restrictions on March 20 into law that require background checks for private and online gun sales and limits magazines to 15 rounds — pushing the Western state into the middle of the national debate over guns.
President Obama is traveling to Denver on Wednesday to rally gun-control supporters and to highlight the new gun restrictions that passed the legislation without a single Republican vote.
Mr. Hickenlooper said it made sense to expand the state’s background check system after it stopped over 2,500 violent criminals from buying guns last year.
He called the check “simple” and said that it costs “less than ten bucks.”