Second Colorado Democrat facing recall over gun vote

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June 11, 2013

DENVER — Gun-rights advocates submitted petitions Monday aimed at a second Democratic state legislator in the escalating backlash against the Colorado Legislature’s recently approved package of gun-control bills.

The recall group, Pueblo Freedom and Rights, reported delivering 13,570 signatures, about 20 percent more than the 11,285 needed to force a recall election against Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

“To Sen. Angela Giron: Can you hear us now?” said a Monday post on the group’s Facebook page.

Another recall campaign turned in more than 16,000 signatures June 3 in an effort to oust state Senate President John Morse, a Colorado Springs Democrat. The secretary of state’s office is expected to announce Friday whether there are sufficient valid signatures to place his name on the recall ballot.

The Colorado recall drives are being viewed as a national referendum on firearms laws in the wake of two U.S. mass shootings in 2012. The Democratic-controlled state Legislature approved three gun-control bills in March that were later signed by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“Colorado is becoming a backdrop for this issue to play out nationally,” Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said. “And there are national implications. There’s a movement afoot in Washington to bring back some of the gun bills, and they’ll be watching to see what happens here.”

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