Gun-control proponents stage daylong rally outside Rep. Coffman’s Aurora office

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AURORA | A group pushing for tougher gun restrictions rallied for 10 hours in front of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Aurora office on Wednesday, June 29, urging the Republican congressman to back a series of gun control measures.

The group, the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, delivered letters urging Coffman to back measures that would bar people on terror watch list from buying a gun as well as expand background checks.

The measures have failed in the U.S. Senate, and Republican leaders in the House have declined to bring them forward for a vote in that chamber.

Alana Smart, co-chair of Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence, one of the groups involved Wednesday, said the rally started at 9 a.m. and was set to continue until 7 p.m. The group delivered about 50 letters during the day and planned to deliver more before they left at 7 p.m. she said.

A spokeswoman for Coffman at his office in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return a request for comment.