DENVER — President Obama is scheduled to step into the nation’s hottest state gunfight Wednesday when he visits Colorado to discuss gun control measures.
The president, slated to visit with law enforcement and community leaders, is expected to highlight Colorado’s recent passage of three gun control bills as a model for the nation. Mr. Obama is pushing for tougher gun control measures now facing resistance in Congress.
At the same time, the president’s visit will likely fuel accusations by gun-rights advocates here that the Colorado laws were orchestrated by East Coast politicians, notably New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vice President Joseph R. Biden.
Colorado passed the toughest gun restrictions in the West following mass shootings in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the Century 16 theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., last summer.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three bills last week that would mandate universal background checks, require gun buyers to pay for those checks, and prohibit the sale and transfer of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds. The measures take effect July 1.