An attempt by San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger to get his colleagues on the board to approve a resolution supporting stricter federal laws on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks backfired.
After a spirited discussion, the commission shot down Leger’s proposed resolution in a rare split vote. Leger and Marcellino Ortiz voted for the resolution, both citing mass shootings like the one in December in Newtown, Conn. Commissioners Ron Ortega, Arthur Padilla and Gilbert Sena voted against it.
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