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Gov. Jared Polis during a speech at the State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado, in March. Photo: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed three gun reform bills into law Saturday.

Driving the news: Colorado lawmakers announced the measures following a shooting in a March Boulder grocery store that left 10 people dead. But Boulder Rep. Judy Amabile (D), a sponsor of one of the bills, said the legislation "isn't just about mass shootings," per the Denver Post.

  • "It's about what we sadly call everyday gun violence," Amabile said. "Every day, people are dying all across our state from homicides, from accidents, from mass shootings and mostly from suicide."

Details: The trio of legislation expands firearm background checks, creates a dedicated office for gun violence prevention and allows municipalities to have even stricter gun laws than the state, per Axios' Alayna Alvarez.

Of note: The new laws came as police in the state responded to two separate shootings that left five people wounded overnight in Colorado Springs.

  • In the first incident, police said in a Twitter post that three people under the age of 18 were taken to a hospital Friday night with "serious but non life-threatening" injuries following a shooting at The Citadel mall.
  • The second shooting at Boston Market resulted in two people being taken to a hospital, police said. Their injuries were described as serious, but non-life threatening.

Go deeper: Colorado gun debate sparks sharp words from GOP lawmakers

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Sep 22, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver's gun-related injuries spiked in 2020, reflecting U.S. trend

Firearm bullets. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

Trauma cases from gunshot injuries rose sharply last year in Denver, mirroring a national trend, hospital officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: The findings reinforce data showing a surge in gun violence throughout the city.

Court dismisses gun rights ruling for those under 21

Weapons on display at a gun shop in Manassas, Virginia. Photo: Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency

A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a July ruling that said laws restricting gun sales to those under 21 were unconstitutional because the case's plaintiff turned 21.

Why it matters: The previous ruling could have had implications for efforts to restrict gun sales nationally in the future, the Washington Post reported. But the case is now moot. 

John Frank, author of Denver
Sep 22, 2021 - Axios Denver

Defying the pandemic, Colorado sees an economic rebound

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Data: Colorado Legislative Council Economic Outlook; Note: 2021 average is from September 2020 to August 2021; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The state's economy continues to show substantial growth even as coronavirus cases hit 2021 highs and inequities persist.

Why it matters: The dichotomy — revealed Tuesday in two economic forecasts — is driving how Colorado leaders respond to the pandemic and decide to allocate billions in state and federal relief.