Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law

Jack Healy

New York Times
September 11, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS — The Democratic president of Colorado’s Senate, who marshaled support to pass a slate of tough new gun-control laws, conceded defeat on Tuesday in a recall vote widely seen as a test of popular support for gun restrictions after mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.


The election, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters. It also gave moderate lawmakers across the country a warning about the political risks of voting for tougher gun laws.

In a pugnacious concession speech, the Senate president, John Morse, called the loss of his seat “purely symbolic” and defended the record of the last legislative session as “phenomenal.”