Demand for Carry Permits in Colorado Soars Even as Lawmakers Pass Stricter Gun Laws
According to 7News, the demand for carry permits in Colorado is up 90% year over year in 2013 so far. This news comes on the heels of the state legislature passing fairly restrictive gun laws earlier in the year.
This fact, coupled with the attempted recall of two state senators, shows that a growing number of Colorado residents simply don’t agree with their lawmaker’s anti-gun politics.
Two Colorado state senators, John Morse and Angela Giron, will both be facing recall elections in September for their support of the new laws.
Both senators could allow the Democratic party to retain their seats by resigning prior to elections which would allow for the appointment of two new Democratic senators to take their place as recall elections target an individual, not a particular seat.
The lawmakers are facing the recall effort due to their support of strict gun control laws which passed in Colorado earlier this year. Many saw the laws as being too anti-gun for Colorado, which has been a “purple” state in recent times, being seen as socially progressive on some issues, such as marijuana legalization, but many feel that residents still maintain a strong history of firearm ownership and gun rights.
The recall effort is certainly going to be watched at the national level, with many seeing it as a referendum on gun control. Anti-gun advocates have been saying that pro-gun supporters can expect a backlash at the polls, and the Colorado recall elections may be the first chance to put that to the test. Many are actually predicting the opposite and think that pro-gun activists may be able to defeat the Democratic incumbents.