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DENVER (AP) - Colorado has plenty to teach the country about what gun laws to pass after a tragic mass shooting. The problem is that each side in the debate draws different lessons from the state's experience.

Gun rights groups say the state has struck the right balance with a relatively restrained approach. It closed some loopholes after the Columbine massacre but also made it easier to carry a concealed weapon.

Gun control backers see that track record as a disappointment and an illustration of the gun lobby's power.

They're hoping to change that record in the coming months because the state is growing more liberal and was horrified by the Sandy Hook elementary school killings.

Democrats control the state legislature and are expected to push several gun control measures this year.

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