Parts of Central Park Blvd., Akron St. closed Wednesday for President Obama's visit; expect delays

Obama to talk gun control in Denver

DENVER - Parts of Central Park Boulevard and Akron Street will be closed today for President Barack Obama’s visit to Denver.

Central Park Boulevard will be closed from Montview to East 21st Avenue, and Akron Street will be closed from Central Park Boulevard to East 22nd Avenue in preparation for the visit.

The Denver Police Department has advised people to expect traffic delays and detours in northeast Denver, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

Obama will be visiting Colorado to applaud the state’s push for more gun control measures in efforts to convince Congress to tackle the issue on a national level.

The White House says the president will meet with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the gun control package signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Colorado has gone farther than any state outside the northeast in passing new gun laws.

State Sen. Morgan Carroll, a Democrat from Aurora feels Colorado's role as moderate state can help other states craft safety laws.

"The balance we found is it's not all or nothing. You on one hand, make sure you keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. And on the other hand, make sure law abiding citizens have full access to buy the weapons of their choice, whether that's for self defense or outdoor activities," she said.

The three bills signed into state law on March 20 restrict the size of gun magazines, expanding background checks for firearms buyers and adding a fee for background checks for gun transfers. Those bills become effective July 1.

Additionally, two other gun control proposals are still being debated in the legislature. They have already passed a  House committee and have already cleared the Senate. They now move to the full House for a second reading.

Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. People can currently take online courses.

Senate Bill 197 would require courts to order anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order or convicted of domestic violence to relinquish their guns within 24 hours. A judge could extend that to 72 hours.

The five bills are part of Democrats’ package of new gun legislation responding to mass shootings last year at a school in Connecticut and a theater in Aurora.

Bills still up for debate:

SB 195: http://tinyurl.com/c3aw5wp

SB 197: http://tinyurl.com/c664lmg

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