DENVER -- At Quail Run Sports Range, located about an hour outside Denver, President Barack Obama’s executive action on guns stirs emotions.
“It is our gun given right to have firearms,” said Karen Murray, a pistol instructor.
Murray is the embodiment of a growing trend in the Colorado gun industry: Female marksmen.
Murray, like many at Quail Run, is upset at how the president went about initiating the new changes.
“Nothing should be done skirting Congress but he makes this a habit of doing this,” Murray said.
While Murray acknowledges the president’s actions will have little impact in Colorado because the state already has strong background checks, she fears what could happen next.
“What about limiting magazine capacity? There is nothing to be said he couldn’t reduce that to 10 rounds,” Murray said.
While opponents grow frustrated at President Obama, gun control supporters say it is about time.
“We got to do everything we can to close loopholes,” said Tom Mauser, who lost his son, Daniel, at Columbine High School.
Mauser said he remains dumbfounded at how asking for a background check is violating someone’s rights.
“What right is this violating?” Mauser asked.
He praised the president for his actions Tuesday, saying it is something his son would have wanted.
“Daniel was on the debate team at Columbine High School, he talked about issues,” Mauser said.
Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statement after the president’s actions.
“Background checks keep guns out of the wrong hands. In Colorado, expanded background checks prevented more than 27,000 illegal purchases since 2012, including more than 100 denials based on prior arrest or conviction of homicide. The President’s orders are an important step in saving lives across the country.”