FILE - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addresses the media during a news conference in Denver. 

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, on Thursday called for federal gun control legislation to be passed following mass shootings that occurred in two cities last weekend.

Hancock sent a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation urging them to support two federal background check bills, in addition to calling for a federal “red flag” gun control law, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and a reinstatement of the federal assault weapon ban.

“The time to act is now. We must act today to enact common sense reforms that will help eliminate the rampart gun violence plaguing our cities, our nation and the very soul of our society,” Hancock wrote in the letter.

Hancock also signed onto a letter along with over 200 other mayors from across the country urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to call the Senate back into session so it can pass federal gun legislation.

House Resolution 8, which passed the Democratic-controlled House in February, would require background checks for private firearm transactions. House Resolution 1112 would strengthen background checks for federally licensed firearm transfers.

Hancock also pointed the finger at President Donald Trump’s rhetoric without naming him.

“When you combine our lack of sensible gun reform laws with escalating hate and extremism – hate and extremism that has been normalized and emboldened by the words and actions of our nation’s leadership – it puts our country in an unimaginable crisis,” he said.

President Donald Trump called for a federal “red flag” law in the wake of the shooting.

"We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process," Trump said Monday. "That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders."

The National Association for Gun Rights and its Colorado affiliate, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, which both are no-compromise on Second Amendment issues, have opposed any proposed reforms.

“The gun-grabbers and their pals in the national media are going all in to "cash in" on the murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio,” NAGR said in a petition statement. “Worse, members of BOTH parties have begun caving and haven't stopped. Even President Donald Trump has signaled his willingness to cut a deal on "Red Flag" laws.”

Colorado passed a “red flag” gun control bill of its own in April, legislation that has been criticized by experts as not having enough due process protections.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.