Former Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper smiles during a meeting with AmeriCorps members at a roundtable campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., Friday, March 22, 2019. Hickenlooper joined the 2020 Presidential race earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Hickenlooper to meet Charleston church shooting survivors

April 04, 2019 - 2:19 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is meeting with survivors of a racist massacre at a historically black church during a campaign trip to South Carolina.

Hickenlooper's campaign says the former Colorado governor is scheduled to have dinner and a roundtable discussion Saturday with survivors of the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME.

Nine parishioners were slain as they prayed during Bible study at the church. The shooter, a white man who said he hoped the killings would start a race war, is on federal death row.

Hickenlooper is known as a staunch advocate for gun control legislation. Following the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, the then-governor called for and signed bills requiring universal background checks and limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds.

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