Lawmakers around the country are carefully watching Colorado’s historic recall elections for clues as to whether they can survive passing new gun control laws.
“The whole country is paying attention,” said John Caldera, the president of the libertarian-leaning Independence Institute.
The recalls of Democratic state senators John Morse and Angela Giron stem from their support for the state’s new gun control laws, one that limits the size of ammunition magazines and one requiring background checks for all gun transfers.
They were adopted during a rancorous legislative session during which conservatives say they were steamrolled by the Democratic majority.
For months, the recall campaigns have drawn big bucks and careful scrutiny from those on both sides of the gun debate from well outside Colorado’s borders.