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Second Recall Effort Over Colorado Gun Laws Moves Ahead

Bente Birkeland

A second recall petition against a Democrat who supported Colorado gun control measures has been deemed sufficient. 

Secretary of State Scott Gessler confirmed Monday that opponents of Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo turned in enough signatures to prompt a recall election. 

Gun rights supporters are unhappy with new state laws that will expand background checks for gun purchases and limit the size of ammunition magazines, starting July 1.

The legislation prompted several firearm related manufacturers to relocate some operations out of the state, and hunters to call for a boycott of Colorado -- although the boycott appears to have fizzled.

Giron is one of four Democratic lawmakers who were targeted over the issue. Two of those recall efforts failed.

Lawyers for Senate President John Morse are fighting the recall effort against him, saying petitions were improperly worded and were therefore invalid. 

Giron has the option to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision. She could also resign rather than face a recall. At a news conference earlier this month, Giron said she believes her constituents will support her.

If it moves forward, the election will likely be in late July or August.

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