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Letter: Gun-control measures improve our safety

Thank you for the good report about Gov. Hickenlooper’s visits with city and county officials and with local citizens. I was at the citizens meeting regarding opposition to oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide. Your reporting was good.

And I want to add a bit about a brief discussion he had regarding Colorado’s gun control legislation and the lawsuit by many state sheriffs, including our own Sheriff Vallario. The governor reported that when he delivers these statistics to those opposing the legislation, he is first met with silence, as these crazy stats are absorbed, then agreement that well, registration makes sense after all. Colorado issues about 100,000 gun registrations per year, and of those, 3,000 — three thousand — a small percent but a big number, are to criminals or those with restraining orders. Yes, it is false that gun registration will only inconvenience law abiding citizens and sheriff’s departments; it will also intervene in gun purchasing by at least 3,000 people who should not have a gun.

So Sheriff Vallario, I ask you to not waste our precious taxpayer dollars in Garfield County and to withdraw from the lawsuit against the state of Colorado regarding gun control measures. These measures are designed to improve the safety of the majority of Colorado’s residents, which is your primary responsibility.

Susan Rhea

Glenwood Springs

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