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Giron discusses gun laws; mostly touts record

She talked about guns. But state Sen. Angela Giron talked about many other things during an hour-long telephone town hall Monday night.

With a recall election looming on Sept. 10, the Pueblo Democrat took the opportunity Monday to talk about her legislative record from the 2013 session and call on her supporters for help as she walks neighborhoods and campaigns to keep her job.

“I said it in my town halls: I’m certainly a Second Amendment supporter,” Giron said Monday. “I don’t think anything we worked on affected that right.”

Giron told callers that she supported the right to carry concealed weapons, but also supported strengthening regulations for the permits, including eliminating the ability to apply for them online.

While Giron has been under significant heat for her support of the state’s new gun safety laws, she stressed her other accomplishments in Denver, including $40 million in state funding for higher education in Southern Colorado.

A portion of that money will help build a new academic building on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo.

She also talked about her work on Colorado’s Dream Act, providing in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrant children who have completed at least three years in a state high school.

Giron explained to one caller that while the tuition rates were lower, those students still won’t qualify for any government-sponsored financial aid.

In November, voters will decide whether to tax themselves to pay for a $950 million overhaul of the state’s education funding system.

Giron said it could mean an extra $1,100 in per pupil funding for Pueblo City Schools and another $800 per pupil for District 70.

Giron said the additional funding could help reduce class sizes, retain teachers and keep students in class.

Giron also touched on her bill to provide breakfast to schools where at least 70 percent of student body are considered low-income.

She noted that it’s easier for kids to learn when they’re not hungry.

jtucker@chieftain.com

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