According to coloradopeakpolitics.com, the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper is wavering on a proposed magazine capacity limit that is making its way through the Colorado state legislature.
Since magazine giant Magpul, which is currently operating in CO, has announced they will pack up their operations, move across state lines and take hundreds (possibly thousands) of jobs with them and since there has been a huge national fallout over comments made by Democratic lawmaker Joe Salazar regarding women with guns and rape… the governor is apparently considering not supporting new gun control bills.
At the start of the session legislative Democrats were confident to the point of cocky about their gun control legislation. Only a few weeks later, after a national controversy erupted over Rep. Joe Salazar’s (D-Thornton) remarks about rape and Magpul Industries threatened to leave the state over a proposed high capacity magazine ban, the issue has shifted, and fast.
And there is no Colorado politician better attuned to the shifting winds of the Colorado electorate than Governor John Hickenlooper.
Colorado Peak Politics notes that from CPR interviews, Hickenlooper is “weighing it”. Which means he may be able to see that if he vetoes it, he won’t be facing harsh opposition from the general public the way he would if he passed it. He can also see that his own party probably isn’t going to vote against him or primary him if he does take a “reasonable” route and shut down the anti-gun forces in the state.
For Hickenlooper, a veto is a win-win. He gets to be seen as actually reasonable, and while his party will be losing seats, he probably won’t face much difficulty in retaining his.
As Milton Friedman was fond of saying, you just have to get the wrong people to do the right thing.