John Morse

4:15am

Mon March 31, 2014
Law

Amid Pushback, Colorado Gun Control Measure Goes On Trial

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:21 am

It's a legal battle that is far from over. In 2013, Sheriff John Cooke (left) and other sheriffs in Colorado filed a federal civil lawsuit objecting to two gun control bills, saying they violate the Second Amendment. This week a crucial gun control measure goes to trial.
Brennan Linsley AP

Tom Sullivan never thought much about guns or gun control — until his son was killed in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting. The gunman wielded a rifle with a 100-round magazine.

Sullivan is convinced that if Colorado's ban on high-capacity magazines had been in effect, his son Alex may have had a chance.

"It was one second, and the next second he was dead," Sullivan says. "That was because of the high-capacity magazines."

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2:46pm

Wed December 11, 2013
National

After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 6:47 pm

A man holds a sign advocating the recall of state Sen. John Morse in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September. Morse and a second state senator who backed the state's new gun control measures were recalled during a special election that month.
Matthew Staver Landov

John Morse was president of the Colorado Senate until September, when he became the first elected official recalled in the state's history.

Three months later, he's climbing the rotunda steps of the gold-domed Capitol building — his office for seven years. He hasn't been here since October. Gazing up at the dome, he says, "This is one of my favorite things to do. That's my version of smelling the roses."

Morse's political career ended over the gun bills he pushed through these chambers eight months ago. But he says he would do it all again.

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3:19pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Politics

Colorado Senator Resigns To Avoid A Recall

State Senator Evie Hudak
Colorado Senate

Senator Evie Hudak (D-Arvada) stepped down Wednesday to avoid a potential recall that could have turned control of the state senate back over to the Republicans.

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12:08am

Wed September 11, 2013
Politics

State Senators Ousted In Historic Recall Elections

Senators Angela Giron and John Morse
KUNC http://coloradosenate.org/home/images

In two historic recall efforts, Democratic State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron lost their seats in the State Legislature Tuesday evening.

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1:39am

Tue September 10, 2013
Politics

Colorado Voters To Decide 2 Lawmakers' Fates In Recall Elections

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:01 pm

State Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, both Democrats, face recall elections Tuesday. The battle in Colorado has attracted major players from across the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights.
Ed Andrieski AP

Two prominent Democratic state senators could lose their jobs after lawmakers passed sweeping gun control laws following the theater shooting in Auro, Colo., and the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. Gun rights activists collected enough signatures to force the historic recall elections.

The recalls follow a combative and bitter legislative session. Among the most controversial measures passed were universal background checks and limiting high-capacity magazines to 15 rounds.

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