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Former state Rep. Joel Judd goads House speaker to crack down on guns

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 28, 2018 - Updated: February 28, 2018

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Then-state Rep. Joel Judd, a Denver Democrat, from a campaign photo. (juddforhouse.com)

It just so happens Democratic state Rep. Crisanta Duran, aka Madame Speaker, represents the Denver House district previously held by fellow Democrat Joel Judd. So, maybe it was a sense of investment in his old seat that explained Judd’s decision this week to very publicly call out Duran over Democratic inaction on gun control.

In a letter he sent Duran Monday and shared with news media, Judd urges the speaker to advance “a series of common sense gun safety measures,” including a cooling-off period for gun sales and a “ban on semi-automatic weapons such as the one that produced such carnage in Florida.” He then essentially chides her for failing to act:

Having attended the rally last week with members of your caucus, I am frankly surprised that such an agenda has not been advanced. I appreciate that these laws may not pass the State Senate. However, we need to put people on the record: Do you stand for common sense gun safety measures – or do you stand with the NRA(?) I know where 90% of your constituents and 75% of the people in Colorado stand.

Pretty pointed. He concludes the brief letter with some tough talk:

Madame Speaker — stand up to the bully boys of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and allow for a late bill to advance a serious gun safety agenda.

Judd was an advocate of gun control during his four terms as Duran’s predecessor in House District 5, from 2003 to 2011. He unsuccessfully carried a measure to rein in guns in cars unless the motorist had a concealed-carry permit.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.