Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun-control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP, reports USA Today. The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense of two state lawmakers recalled over their gun votes earlier this year. “Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems,” the Democratic governor said. “They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.
“But (it is) probably not a bad idea” for gun-control groups, such as the one established by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to curb their efforts if gun-rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak, a two-term Democrat from a suburban district near Denver, he said. If Republicans succeed in gaining her seat, Democrats would lose their 18-17 edge in the Senate. Petition organizers have until Dec. 3 to collect 18,900 signatures. “They’re well-funded and there’s a lot of energy behind this, a lot of frustration,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m going to guess it’s probably 50-50” that they will be able to get the recall vote on the ballot.