Colorado Gun Rights Protection Initiative (2010)

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Colorado Gun Rights Protection Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The initiative asked 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. The initiative was proposed by Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Charles Heatherly. According to Tancredo, if the initiative was approved by voters, he planned to introduce the initiative in other states.[1][2]

Ballot summary

Below is the ballot initiative language as it was filed:[3]

The people of the State of Colorado hereby declare and resolve that the Governor of Colorado, members of the Colorado General Assembly and each United States Representative and each United States Senator elected by the people of Colorado are requested to oppose any proposed international treaty, protocol or other agreement which limits, restricts or impairs the rights of individual citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed to the people under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article II, Sec. 13 of the Colorado Constitution, and further requests that each United States Senator vote against the United Nations Small Arms Treaty or any proposed treaty, convention or agreement that restricts, impairs or imposes international regulations on a citizen's right to possess firearms."


Tancredo proposed the initiative after United States 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.[4] [5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed measure for the 2010 ballot a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures were required. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated constitutional amendments was August 2, 2010.[6] However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were filed.

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