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Dem.Colo. governor nervously attempts damage control after recalls

Now that Coloradans have resoundingly sent two anti-gun senators packing, support to repeal the state’s new onerous gun control law is growing, and the governor finds that he’s not quite the gun control fan he thought he was.

hickenlooperA mere six months ago, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three controversial gun control bills into law. One limits magazine sizes to 15 rounds, and another calls for universal background checks on all sales or transfers of weapons. A third measure requires buyers to pay for their own background checks.

The governor seemed to deny his prior overwhelming support for gun control when questioned at a recent press conference.

Even before the laws were passed, Colorado sheriffs announced their intended refusal to enforce the measures, with Weld County Sheriff John Cooke calling them “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable.”

Also, popular gun accessory manufacturer Magpul Industry pulled up roots — not with a whimper, but with a bang of a party called the “Freedom Festival” that drew thousands of supporters.

Now that two Colorado lawmakers were recalled in last week’s election, the founders of two Second Amendment advocacy groups are calling for a repeal of the laws altogether. Breitbart News reported Basic Freedom Defense Fund and Pueblo Freedom & Rights sent a joint letter to Colorado legislators asking two questions:

1. Will you vote for a repeal of Colorado’s unconstitutional new gun laws in the 2014 legislative session?

2. Would you support a ballot initiative which would repeal the new gun laws?

Breitbart also reported Basic Freedom Defense Fund spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns said:

While we consider Tuesday’s election a significant victory, we realize that…egregious gun laws remain and we want to know where each and every Colorado legislator stands on them. It is a new day in Colorado, and constituents expect their legislators to represent the will of the people. No one is immune from the reach of the grassroots efforts which powered the [September 10] recall elections. No one.

Where does the governor stand in all this?

When he signed the bills into law in March, Hickenlooper said large-capacity magazines “have the potential to turn killers into killing machines.” After admitting that some gun owners may be inconvenienced, he insisted, “the potential for damage seems to outweigh, significantly, the inconvenience that people would have,” according to Fox News.

Now Hickenlooper seems to have had a change of heart. Much like Alec Guinness in “The Bridge On the River Kwai,” he apparently surveyed the damage and asked, “What have I done?”

Shortly after the recall election, Hickenlooper claimed that he was never as “fired up” about limiting capacities on ammunition magazines as he was about background checks, according to The Washington Examiner.

“That was a tough one,” he said.

Nope. Finding religion can be tough, and it sounds like the governor found his.

Watch Hickenlooper’s post-recall election press conference, courtesy of The Washington Examiner.

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