On September 10, Colorado Senate President John Morse became the first Colorado lawmaker to be recalled and thrown out of office. He and State Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, who was also recalled in the election, were instrumental in pushing for stricter Colorado gun laws that took effect this year.
With almost 100 percent of votes counted in the historic recall election of Morse, returns show 51 percent have voted “yes” and 49 percent “no,” according to figures reported by the Denver Post. Republican Bernie Herpin was Morse’s only opponent on the ballot and will assume Morse’s seat.
State Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, was recalled by a wider margin. Returns showed 56% of voters wanted her recalled. Retired Pueblo deputy police chief George Rivera was voted in as her replacement.
Morse and Democrats passed laws that limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and require universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers. Voters were also upset by the process. The Senate Democrats’ decision to hold seven gun-law hearings in one day resulted in hundreds of pro-gun witnesses not being unable to testify.