Colo. governor highlights mental health, not guns

DENVER (AP) — A year after calling for gun control, Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state should focus on mental health.

The Democratic governor delivered his annual State of the State address to lawmakers Thursday.

He cited last month’s shooting at Arapahoe High School and the shooting death last year of the head of the state Department of Corrections.

Hickenlooper says mental health efforts have been overlooked in the state’s gun debate.

Last year the governor signed a bill requiring new background checks for gun sales plus another that limited ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.

This year, Hickenlooper says “guns are only a piece of the puzzle.” He touted $34 million in mental health spending. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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