DENVER â€” Gun-rights advocates submitted petitions Monday aimed at a second Democratic state legislator in the escalating backlash against the Colorado Legislatureâ€™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.
â€œTo Sen. Angela Giron: Can you hear us now?â€ said a Monday post on the groupâ€™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 stateâ€™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.
â€œColorado is becoming a backdrop for this issue to play out nationally,â€ Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said. â€œAnd there are national implications. Thereâ€™s a movement afoot in Washington to bring back some of the gun bills, and theyâ€™ll be watching to see what happens here.â€
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