Colorado lawmaker who voted for new gun laws survives recall effort

DURANGO - Voters hoping to recall a state lawmaker who voted for new gun laws in Colorado have failed.

The Durango Herald reports the campaign to recall Democrat Rep. Mike McLachlan of Durango needed to submit at least 10,587 petition signatures from voters in McLachlan's district by Tuesday. Campaign organizer Dave Saleh says about 8,500 were collected.

Saleh says McLachlan's opponents will either initiate another recall campaign or engage McLachlan in 2014, when he's up for re-election.

McLachlan says he's pleased the recall campaign didn't succeed, because it would have forced a divisive and expensive special election.

Recall efforts began after McLachlan voted for Colorado's gun law changes, including one that limited high-capacity magazines.

Other Democrats, including Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, who supported the bills also have been targeted.