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Dems Talk Gun Control, Colo., in Morning Meeting

July 24, 2012

Meeting behind closed doors Tuesday morning, three Colorado House Democrats spoke to their colleagues about last week's shootings outside Denver, and others are described as soon to be pressing for action on gun-control legislation.

Reps. Ed Perlmutter, whose district includes Aurora, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, spoke "eloquently and with great empathy," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn. "We listened to the eloquence of our members as they told us about events from their perspective as the unfolded from Colorado," said Larson.

Larson said there were no detailed discussions about moving forward with efforts on gun-control bill in light of the shooting, however. He insisted that is not because of some political reluctance during an election year, and said, "I think you will see Democrats get very engaged in that issue."

For instance, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., who has this session again introduced a plan to limit the size of gun magazines, was set to hold a news conference later Tuesday with other Democrats.

But during the Democrats' closed-door meeting, said Larson, there was sensitivity due to the fact that some victims have yet to be laid to rest.

"It is a matter of the sensitivity and wanting to make sure we get beyond the grieving period," he said, before launching legislative responses that would be cast as political.

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