Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper now says he has regrets about signing last year’s bill limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds, but it’s not too late for him to do something about it.
Republicans challenged Hickenlooper to get behind a repeal of the bill after he told county sheriffs that he was sorry for failing to consult with them on the measure; that a staffer promised he would sign the bill if it passed, and that the bill probably wouldn’t accomplish anything.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler called on the governor to convene a special session in order to repeal the magazine-limit law, also known as H.B. 1224.
“If he’s really sincere about the mistakes he’s made, he would call a special session beforehand to fix his mistakes,” said Gessler, who’s seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination. “But I don’t think he’s going to do that.”
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who’s also running for the Republican nod, pointed out that a proposed initiative to repeal the law is now in the signature-gathering phase.
“There’s an initiative trying to get on the ballot right now, but I don’t hear him touting it,” said Tancredo.
Hickenlooper’s rambling June 13 speech to the sheriffs in Aspen has generated intense criticism this week after going viral. In his remarks, the governor appears to be making the argument that he shouldn’t have signed the magazine-limit bill in March 2013.
“Again, if we’d known it was going to divide the state so intensely, I think we probably would have thought about it twice,” said Hickenlooper on a video posted online by Revealing Politics.
“As you point out, how important really was it? They tell me after all the kerfuffle–I went back to try to get some facts that we should have had at the beginning–they told me there are roughly 300,000 magazines that carry more than 15 rounds in the state of Colorado already,” said Hickenlooper. “How’s a police enforcement officer ever gonna tell which is the old and which is the new one?”