Two Democratic state senators in Colorado were ousted in recall vote Tuesday for their support of stricter gun laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions, reports the Denver Post. Colorado State Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron will be replaced in office with Republican candidates who petitioned onto the recall ballot.
Morse and Giron became the first Colorado state lawmakers to be recalled. Former Colorado Springs councilman Bernie Herpin will take Morse’s seat, while Giron will be replaced by George Rivera, a former Pueblo police official. Morse and Giron were supporters of stricter gun laws enacted in Colorado this year, spurring by mass murders in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in July 2012 and a Connecticut elementary school in December. The National Rifle Association, which donated about $360,000 to support the recalls, hailed Morse’s loss.