DENVER (AP) - Survivors of the Aurora theater shooting and relatives of victims are urging lawmakers to take steps to prevent gun violence .
They will be speaking at the Colorado Capitol Friday morning. Gun control is expected to be one of the most heated topics at the state legislature in the coming months.
Democrats have signaled they may sponsor legislation to ban assault weapons and restrict access to firearms to people with mental illness. Gov. John Hickenlooper has said the time is right for lawmakers to discuss gun control.
Twelve people were killed in the July theater shooting and 70 others were wounded. The survivors and relatives of the victims are speaking on the day the nation holds a moment of silence to mark one week since the Connecticut school shooting.