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MEGAN SCHRADER Updated: March 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

A Durango-based political organization is drafting a petition to oust Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, from office in response to his support of gun legislation.

Morse said this isn’t the first time he has been threatened with recall in his seven years in the Senate.

“Since I only have 18 months to go, I don’t know if I can say I will be threatened again, but I probably will,” Morse said. “But if you’re going to take away my political job from me because I stood up to reduce gun violence, that’s OK with me.”

Anthony Garcia, spokesman of Basic Freedom Defense Fund, said he and other members of the statewide group were spurred into action in early January. Garcia said group members were particularly concerned by a bill proposed by Morse to hold the owners, sellers and manufacturers of assault-style weapons liable for damages.

“It was an affront to our freedoms and an affront to our constitutional rights,” Garcia, of Brighton, said.

They already have had a petition approved by the Secretary of State to recall Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, and Garcia said they are drafting a similar petition to recall Morse.

The group will have 60 days to gather enough signatures to equal 25 percent of the total electorate that voted in the last District 11 election. Then the recall election will go to a vote of the people on a district-wide ballot.

Garcia said they had a meeting Friday in Colorado Springs with about 60 residents expressing support of a recall.

“He’s going to be easy to recall,” Garcia said. “He’s in a fairly conservative area.”

Morse reaches his term limit in a little more than a year.

Garcia said it is still worth the effort for a recall election because the gun legislation requires an immediate response.

Contact Megan Schrader

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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