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May 18, 2013 7:03 PM by Eric Ross

Sen. Morse responds to recall efforts powered by NRA

Recall efforts to force Colorado State Senate President John Morse out of office continued Saturday morning with protesters collecting signatures in downtown Colorado Springs.

It's a grassroots task staffed by volunteers who now have the backing of the National Rifle Association.

"It's surprising from the standpoint that the NRA lost a legislative battle and now they've found a new way to wage war all over again," Sen. Morse said.

The battle began shortly after Morse was able to pass tighter background check laws and limit the size of magazines in Colorado. Gun supporters argue it's a violation of their second amendment rights.

"Don't you dare tell me how to defend myself," resident Laura Carno said.

Carno is the founder of ‘I Am Created Equal' and is a strong supporter of the Basic Freedom Defense fund---another organization spearheading efforts to force Morse out of office.

"People see the NRA as a big national organization," Carno said. "It's made up of 5 million members but acts like a grassroots organization and love seeing anytime they get involved because they represent the community."

Morse says the NRA is by no means, a grassroots group and admits they can have a powerful influence on voters.

"The NRA could bring in $10 million and that could be one heck of a fight for me," Morse said. "There is no violation of anybody's rights here. There is an idea that we probably should keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people and that's what we did. This is what the NRA objects."

Despite the NRA's announcement, Morse is confident he has the support he needs to stay afloat.

"They (the NRA) are going to do everything they can to buy this election and it's going to be up to us to make sure that doesn't happen."

Opponents of Morse have until June 3 to collect 7,200 signatures.



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