After two Colorado lawmakers who supported strict new gun-control laws were voted out of office in a special recall election last year, the NRA and its allies celebrated their huge win in the battle over gun laws in state capitols, says the New York Times. But that particular victory did not last. Even as Coloradans elected a Republican senator for the first time in a dozen years and handed Republicans control of one chamber of the state legislature, voters did an abrupt about-face when it came to the recalls. The two pro-gun Republicans elected during the recalls were handily beaten this month by Democratic candidates.
Analysts said the whipsawing results were a lesson in how turnout can vastly change the landscape of the politics in Colorado, which has an independent streak. The GOP position prevailed in the low-turnout recall vote last year, but Democrats won out in this month’s election, where state turnout was high. The contentious 2013 laws, passed after mass shootings at a Connecticut school and an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, expanded background checks for private gun sales and limited the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.