With two democrat senators in Colorado still reeling from being recalled in special elections due to their stance on gun control laws, the GOP in the state is looking to keep pushing for gun rights with an outright repeal of House Bill 1224.
This is the bill which created universal background checks, added extra fees and red tape for gun owners, and limited magazine capacity to 15 rounds. By the way, this is the same bill that received ZERO votes from Republicans in the state.
According to the Denver Post, members of the GOP are submitting gun focused bills that look to repeal the controversial gun control laws, looking to capitalize on their win in the recall elections.
Republicans will need the Democrats support in this effort, however, as Democrats have a 37-28 majority in the House and will have an 18-17 majority in the Senate. Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker said he is not looking to compromise with anything that is in the current law.
“But we’re united, and we’ll hope that some Democrats will join us,” Holbert said. Going on to say, “We’re looking for full-on repeal.”
Previous attempts to try to extend gun rights to Coloradans in the past have been shot down by the anti-gun state legislature, but with the ouster of 2 gun control supporters looming in the rear view mirror, the GOP is hopeful to make up some ground for gun rights and the 2nd amendment.
“More than 50 Colorado sheriffs have filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper claiming the laws to limit magazines and universal gun background checks on all sales and transfers infringe on Second Amendment rights,” The Denver Post stated.
Governor Hickenlooper is seemingly in full retreat mode as after the recall elections he reportedly said, “I was never fired up about the magazine checks.”
Well gun owners were never really fired up about Hickenlooper, and the GOP is looking to unseat him in the 2014 elections.