Colorado gun-rights advocates, furious about signing of three hotly debated gun control bills, are launching recall drives against at least four Democrat legislators and possibly the governor.
Gov. John Hickenlooper was greeted Saturday by a crowd chanting “Recall Hickenlooper!” outside Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, where he delivered a speech at the Club 20 annual spring meeting. Recall supporters say they are studying the feasibility of such an effort.
Meanwhile, the secretary of state has approved petition language for recall drives aimed at Senate President John Morse and state Rep. Mike McLachlan, who both represent swing districts and voted in favor of the three gun control bills.
Efforts are also under way to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak and state Rep. Rhonda Fields. Both were highly visible during the gun debate: Mrs. Fields sponsored the bill limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds, while Mrs. Hudak came under criticism for arguing during a hearing with a rape victim over whether she could have protected herself with a gun.
Just as groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns gained national momentum by getting behind the Colorado bills, gun-rights supporters say they hope the political backlash will upend the tide in Colorado and other states.
“This isn’t just about Colorado – the momentum against these gun-control measures is nationwide,” said Nick Andrasik, spokesman for the Basic Freedom Defense Fund in Grand Junction, which formed to support the recall push. “Colorado is really the starting point for this. We’re the main stage in the national debate.”