Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper attempted to clarify his candid statements that Colorado’s gun laws were passed without “basic facts” by telling Denver’s Fox 31 that he wasn’t aware he was being filmed.
The comments baffled people on both sides of the issue, with Hickenlooper giving the impression that he was disengaged from the debate and passed laws based on the promises of staffers.
In a videotape of his comments, Hickenlooper tells Colorado sheriffs that a new law requiring universal background checks became law before all the “basic facts” about its impacts were known.
“I think we screwed that up completely,” he said, adding that he wasn’t aware the sheriffs — almost all of whom are opposed to the new laws — attempted to speak with him about the bills while they were being debated.