DENVER: Colorado voters ousted two Democratic lawmakers, including the state senate president, in a historic recall vote on Tuesday over their support for tougher gun control laws, handing a major victory to gun rights supporters.
The recall races, the first in Colorado history, are at the epicenter of the national fight over gun control in the aftermath of a series of mass shootings last year, and were seen as a test of the sway of lobbyists on both sides of the debate.
State Senate President John Morse, who helped lead efforts in the state legislature to ban ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds and to require background checks for private gun sales and transfers, said he had “absolutely no regrets” about pushing the gun-control measures.
“I said at the time if it costs me my political career, so be it,” Morse said shortly after conceding. “That’s nothing compared to what the families of (gun violence) victims go through every single day. We did the right thing.”