Recall petition for gun control supporter State Sen. John Morse declared valid, Morse vows to fight

1st potential recall of a state lawmaker history

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A recall petition against a Colorado lawmaker who supported gun control laws was deemed sufficient Tuesday, setting up the first potential recall of a state lawmaker in Colorado history.

But a lawyer for Democratic State Senate President John Morse immediately vowed to challenge the recall effort.

Morse's attorney, Mark Grueskin, said the recall petition has a fatal law -- it never mentions there would be an election to fill the senator's seat, which is required by the Colorado Constitution.

"This isn't some technicality or loophole. This is a critical piece of information that the proponents of this petition decided not to impart to petition signers," Grueskin told 7NEWS.

But the group pushing the recall says their petition follows the letter of the law -- and Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office certified the petition.

"We were expecting this type of frivolous legal challenge," said Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the recall campaign. "Today's certification is another victory in this step of the Recall Morse campaign."

The recall targeting the Colorado Springs senator has become a national flashpoint in the gun control debate. Gun-rights activists from across the country have vowed to defeat Democrats who steered through laws that made Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to curb gun rights in the wake of mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and an elementary school in Connecticut.

Kerns calls Morse "wildly out of touch with his district."

The secretary of state has 30 days to respond to Morse's challenge of the petition's validity.