DENVER - For the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, gun advocates are speaking publicly and saying that their position has not changed.
The president of the Colorado State Shooting Association, Anthony Fabian, reiterated what pro-gun groups have always said -- that guns are not the issue and they don't plan to compromise when it comes to tighter gun restrictions.
"The way we deal with this and the way we respond to this isn't going to change," Fabian said.
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that now is the right time to debate the gun control issue. Fabian disagrees.
Meanwhile, representatives nationwide have discussed legislation to ban assault guns or restrict high-capacity magazines.
"We are going to oppose any restriction on the rights of people to bear arms and restrictions on the types of firearms people can own," Fabian said.
Fabian said plans to restrict guns "do not have anything to do with the fundamental issue of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them."
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is one of hundreds of mayors who signed a letter to the president this week, asking for tighter restrictions. 7NEWS asked Fabian if he worries that those groups will have the support they need to pass the restrictions this time.
"The political climate, as far as political status of the general assembly and the governor's mansion in Colorado is definitely something that will be problematic," Fabian said.