DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement today after President Obama announced executive actions to prevent gun violence.

“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.”