Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper apologizes for handling of gun control legislation

ASPEN - Gov. John Hickenlooper told a group of Colorado sheriffs he is sorry for the way last year's gun-control measures were handled, and he acknowledged that the lawmen were shut out of the process.

Answering questions at the County Sheriffs of Colorado conference in Aspen on Friday, the governor said, "I would say in the gun stuff, we certainly could have done a better job."

The Aspen Daily News reports Weld County Sheriff John Cooke asked Hickenlooper why he didn't meet with sheriffs before he signed the legislation. The governor said he did not know the lawmen were trying to talk to him until it was too late.

The legislation included new expanded background checks and a 15-round ammunition magazine limit.

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