State Senate President John Morse, backer of gun control laws, vows to fight recall effort

Critics target Morse over gun-control laws

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Democratic state senator who backed a package of gun control measures will find out soon if he will face a recall election.

Opponents of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs turned in 16,046 petition signatures to state officials Monday in an effort to force a new election. They need 7,178 signatures to force a recall election. The Colorado Secretary of State has 15 business days to verify signatures.

Morse vowed to fight the recall effort, saying he doubted opponents have raised 16,000 valid petition signatures.

"I have every intention of running this election all the way to the end," Morse said. "I've won close elections in this community before and we'll be committed to winning a close election again."

Democrats hold a slight registration advantage in the district, but recall supporters say they're confident they have enough petition signatures to recall the senator.

"They can go ahead and believe the signatures aren't invalid, but that's not the truth," said Anthony Garcia of the group, Basic Freedom Defense Fund. "They are legitimate, they will be verified and there will be a recall election."

Recall efforts against two other Democrats in the Legislature have already fizzled. Gun-rights activists are seeking to recall a fourth Democrat, a senator from Pueblo. Signatures in that effort aren't due until next week.