A small, but passionate group gathered at the Colorado State Capitol Sunday afternoon to protest gun violence.
KATHY WALSH: Copter 4 flew over the state Capitol today as a small group gathered to protest gun violence. Our Michael Abeyta is live near the Capitol. And Michael, people were demanding gun reform here in Colorado.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Yeah, Kathy. And a lot of them were motivated by the recent mass shooting in Boulder. But for some of the people that were here, this has been a fight that they've been fighting for a long time.
- Thanks. We need to get those weapons removed--
MICHAEL ABEYTA: A small, but passionate, group gathered at the Colorado State Capitol Sunday afternoon to protest gun violence. One person who spoke was Tom Mauser. He's dedicated his life to passing gun safety legislation after his son was killed in the Columbine shooting. He says no matter the size of the crowd, he likes seeing people come out to support his cause.
TOM MAUSER: It's great to see people willing to commit to that change.
JASON MCBRIDE: Gun violence affects our communities differently, but it's the same.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Another speaker was Jason McBride. He works in Denver to prevent gun violence in his community. He says while mass shootings are tragic, gun violence is happening every day in cities across the nation.
JASON MCBRIDE: It's a different type of violence. And when you talk about mass shootings even with more frequents now, those are things that happen occasionally. Shootings in cities like that-- Chicago, LA, here in Denver-- we have gang shootings every day.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: They each have their own ideas for legislation they think will help keep people safe.
JASON MCBRIDE: No assault rifles belong on the streets.
TOM MAUSER: Well, at the national level, we need to have universal background checks.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: But one thing they can agree on. They say it's time to save lives, whether that's on the streets of Denver or a grocery store in Boulder. And they say the first step is for everyday people to talk to their lawmakers.
TOM MAUSER: They have to contact them and tell them they're really concerned about this issue of gun violence and ask them what are they willing to do about it.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Now, Tom Mauser also says on the state level he supports laws that require stricter regulations for storing guns. The Colorado State legislature is actually considering two bills. One of them would do just that. The other one would require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. In Denver, Michael Abeyta, Cover Covering Colorado First.