DENVER – Save Our Shotguns, a grassroots campaign, released a poll Thursday showing 52 percent of Colorado voters support repeal of House Bill 1224 which bans ammunition magazines larger than 15 rounds.
It is one of the more controversial gun-control measures passed by Democrat legislators and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Opponents of the law want to ask voters to repeal the law with a November 2014 ballot question.
“With a majority of Coloradans supporting repeal of HB 1224 – before it is even on the ballot – I am confident that the wisdom of the people will ultimately overturn an action by the legislature,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of Save Our Shotguns.
The legislation “might have been well intentioned, but [it] was ill advised,” said Johnson.
“Restricting 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens does not make anyone safer,” he declared. “Rather, it simply empowers those who have no regard for the law and who wish to do us harm.”
Johnson, who served as a Republican governor, ran as a Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012.
Colorado’s controversial gun-control laws have captured national attention – and more eyes will be on the state with Johnson’s leading role in the repeal effort. The founder of Our America Initiative, Johnson said his national advocacy group will also support the referendum to repeal HB 1224.
The bill was sponsored by Democrat Rep. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Democrat Sen. Mary Hodge of Brighton and co-sponsored by Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) — who is already facing a recall effort from gun rights backers.
The statewide poll of 400 voters, conducted May 16 – 21, showed that repeal of HB 1224 was favored by 52 percent of respondents, opposed by 44 percent, with 4 percent undecided. The repeal is supported by 63 percent of men and 42 percent of women who were polled.
NSON Opinion Strategy surveyed nearly equal numbers of Republican and Democrat voters and those who are independent or affiliated with other parties, including Libertarians. The poll has a 4.9 percent margin of error.
The poll was commissioned by Save Our Shotguns, a nonprofit organization formed earlier this year by political consultant Patrick Davis and Tom Lucero, a former CU Regent and Republican congressional candidate in the 4th District.
“Despite what some, including the Colorado legislature and Governor Hickenlooper would have us believe, the 2nd Amendment is crystal clear,” said Johnson. “Placing an arbitrary limit on the capacity of a gun magazine is an unacceptable restriction on the rights of gun owners.”
“I am anxious to help give voters an opportunity to restore those rights,” added Johnson.