DENVER — The Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lucia Guzman (D-Denver), told The Denver Post in a recent interview that she supports a bill banning standard capacity gun magazines over 15 rounds, despite the fact that it could decimate jobs in her district.
On Friday, The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels published an interview with Senator Guzman where she stood by her support of the bill, HB1224, even after Bartels pointed out that two companies residing in Guzman’s district, Lawrence Tool and Molding and Alfred Manufacturing, would leave the state should the bill pass.
“It’s always been a lifelong interest of mine to support small businesses, so it’s very problematic if we lose a business like that to our neighborhood,” said Senator Guzman.
“They do employ a lot of people. However, I’m here as the legislator. I’m here to vote on a very important bill about the safety of our people. And so yes, it gives me caution, but I’ll have to vote with that in mind.”
Guzman’s decision to buck the economic interests of her district appear to ignore advice offered by her Senate colleague, Senator Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton), who told The Colorado Observer recently that Democrats “have to be very careful to vote their district’s sentiments” on gun issues.
“I think Clinton is right on for the state of Colorado,” referencing the former president’s warning to Democrats about overzealously pushing gun control legislation. “There is a lot of hysteria on both sides. I think we have to be moderate on these issues.”
Governor Hickenlooper, known for his moderate stances on most issues and a fellow Democrat, refused to publicly support HB1224, or any other proposed gun bill working its way through the Legislature other than universal background checks, when asked about the issue on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
With opponents of HB1224, and other legislation seen by critics as suppressing the Second Amendment, flooding town hall meetings across the state this weekend, Democrats are witnessing a public backlash against their agenda which is rare for state legislative issues, normally not given much attention by the public.
Whether any Democrats in the Senate heed Clinton’s advice has yet to be seen. The bill banning standard capacity magazines over 15 rounds, which cleared the Democrat-controlled House last week, is expected to be taken up in the Senate next week.