John Hickenlooper: Require Licenses, Safety Training for Gun Buyers

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Democrat presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper believes Americans who want guns should first be licensed and demonstrate an understanding of gun safety.

Hickenlooper was governor of Colorado from 2011-2019, during which time he enacted universal background checks and “high capacity” magazine bans, both of which failed to stop numerous high profile shootings after their implementation.

These shootings include the November 27, 2015, Planned Parenthood shooting (two civilians and an officer killed), the October 31, 2015, Colorado Springs, shooting (three innocents killed), the December 31, 2017, fatal shooting of Deputy Zackari Parrish, and, most recently, the May 7, 2019, STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting (one innocent killed).

Now, Hickenlooper wants to require gun buyers to first acquire a license and take a course, similar to what is required of people buying and driving cars:

Interestingly, Hickenlooper does not admit to the failures of pet gun controls. Rather, he follows those failings by pushing for new and more stringent laws.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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