Colorado Senator Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse have been successfully recalled in Colorado. Republican Bernie Herpin will be taking Morse's place. I'm happy to say I called this one wrong.
This recall election was about one thing: gun control. The Colorado legislature capitalized on the emotional impact of the Sandy Hook shooting to push several onerous bills before cooler heads could prevail. HB 1224, restricting ownership of magazines holding more than 15 rounds, led to Magpul pulling their operations out of state and taking $92 million out of the economy.
A bill mandating that nearly all private transfers be processed through licensed gun dealers has also proved problematic. Dealers are not allowed to charge more than $10 to do the paperwork and process the background check. As such, most are refusing to perform the service. The end result? Private transfers are all but impossible.
We're witnessing a vital piece of history here. This is the first time in which politicians have lost their jobs as a direct result of pushing gun control. Michael Bloomberg spent $350,000 to defend Morse and Giron, but was defeated by a simple grassroots effort.
One can only hope that this is the beginning of a trend, and that the shockwaves are being felt in New York, California, Maryland, and Connecticut.