Two Colorado senators facing recall for gun control passage

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June 11, 2013


By Alex Murray

DENVER, Colorado: Two Democratic members of the Colorado State Senate, including its President, now face the prospect of recall elections following the passage of the state's new gun control laws.

Yesterday, a pro-gun recall group called Pueblo Freedom and Rights said it turned in 13,570 signatures to initiate a recall election against Angela Giron, more than the 11,285 required. The Colorado Secretary of State has until July 1 to certify the signatures.[1][2]

The movement against Giron follows last week's submission of 16,199 signatures to recall Senate President John Morse, more than the 7,178 required. The Secretary of State has until June 18 to certify those signatures.[3]

The two senators supported three gun bills which were signed by Governor John Hickenlooper (D). The new laws, which take effect on July 1, include background checks on all sales and transfers of firearms, as well as a 15-round limit on magazine capacity.[1]

An effort to recall state representative Mike McLachlan (D) failed last month after no signatures were submitted.[4]

No Colorado legislator has been subject to a recall election.[3] Colorado is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.

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