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Mar 10, 2013 10:26 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Senator John Morse facing recall effort over gun laws

State Senate Democratic President John Morse, of Colorado Springs, is facing a recall effort for his support of controversial gun control laws.

On Friday the Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF) formed a local committee for recalling Morse, the group claims around sixty-volunteers representing state organizations and local businesses have pledged support for the campaign. The effort was inspired by several laws proposed by democrats that would put tighter restrictions on guns including expanded background checks and limits on ammunition magazines.

"That's why politicians around the country don't want to stand up for this issue, but this is a political hill in my view that's worth dying for so that we can make sure others don't die literally at the point of a gun," Morse said on Sunday. "I wasn't expecting things to get this divisive, I really thought that after Sandy Hook even the NRA recognized we've got to do something, we can't leave it exactly where it is with the status quo and claim that's leadership."

Morse was specifically targeted because of a measure he proposed that would hold owners of "assault weapons" liable for damages caused by their guns. That bill has since been withdrawn, but that hasn't stopped the BFDF from trying to remove Morse.

"It really made a lot of people upset, it's an afront to the Second Amendment, it's an afront to the Constitution and it's an afront to the oath that he took," explained BFDF Spokesperson Anthony Garcia.

Garcia said the recall effort is not a political stunt, the group has already filed a petition calling for the recall of State Representative Michael McLachlan (D - Durango) over the gun issue.

"If Senator Morse feels that way he might want to give Mike McLachlan a call," said Garcia.

The Basic Freedom Defense Fund hopes to file the recall petition with the Secretary of State within the next week.

 

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