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Colorado gun rights initiative filed for 2010 ballot

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November 30, 2009

DENVER, Colorado: Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Charles Heatherly have proposed an initiative to protect individual citizens' rights to keep and bear arms. Tancredo proposed the initiative after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States' support for an international arms treaty. "Conventional arms transfers are a crucial national security concern for the United States. The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons," said Clinton in a statement.[1][2]

Specifically, the initiative asks the Governor of Colorado, state lawmakers, two U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House to oppose any international treaty or agreement that may impede on individual citizens' rights to keep and bear arms. According to Tancredo, if the initiative is approved by voters, he plans to introduce the initiative in other states.[3]

If the ballot language is approved in December, initiative supporters will be required to collect a minimum of 76,000 valid signatures to place the measure on the 2010 ballot.

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* Colorado Gun Rights Protection Initiative (2010)