Colorado Campus Gun Ban Initiative (2014)

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The Colorado Campus Gun Ban Initiative did not make the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in the state of Colorado as an initiated state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would have banned concealed weapons on public college campuses. At the time of its proposal, Colorado and Utah were the only two states that allowed concealed weapons on campuses.[1] Two gun owner rights measures were also attempting ballot access in 2014; however, both failed to make the ballot. One would have enacted a law requiring any changes or restrictions to magazine capacity be decided by a vote of the people. The other was attempting to repeal all three of the gun bills passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2013.[2]

Background

In 2013, the state legislature passed a slew of gun control laws. The highly contested laws came about, in part, as the result of mass shootings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012 and in a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.[3] The legislature was also considering a bill with the same objective as the current measure - banning concealed weapons on college campuses. However, the bill was tabled after Sen. Evie Hudak (D-19) confronted a rape victim who said she should have the right to carry a gun for protection.[1]

The passage of the other three gun bills considered by the legislature triggered efforts to recall Sen. Angela Giron (D-3), Senate President John Morse (D-11) and Hudak. Giron and Morse were successfully recalled, and Hudak chose to resign.[4][5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado

Supporters had to obtain at least 86,105 valid signatures by August 6, 2014, in order to place the measure on the ballot. In June 2014, supporters announced that they would be suspending their campaign to place the measure on the 2014 ballot, despite stating they had sufficient signatures. They decided to focus on a 2016 ballot placement, instead.[6]

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