An Accidental ‘Yes’ Vote On A Gun Bill Has Some Calling For The Top Colorado House Republican To Step Down

An Accidental ‘Yes’ Vote On A Gun Bill Has Some Calling For The Top Colorado House Republican To Step Down

Minority Leader Hugh McKean at the state Capitol on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. State lawmakers take their votes very seriously — but that doesn’t mean they always get them right, and the consequences can be long-lasting. Take the strange case of House Bill 1298 , which recently became the center of a high-profile mis-vote. The measure is part of a package of gun-related bills Democrats introduced in the wake of the mass shooting in Boulder. It aims to prevent people convicted of violent misdemeanors from purchasing a firearm for five years — and ensure sellers can’t transfer a gun until a background check is complete. House Republicans have been united in their opposition, arguing for hours in hearings and on the House floor that its unintended consequences will hurt law-abiding gun buyers. So Assistant Minority Leader Tim Geitner said he and the minority leader, Hugh McKean , each did a double-take when they looked at the large electronic boards that tally House votes and realized one Republican had been a yes on the bill. “We were trying to look at the count like, ‘Well, who did we lose?’” Geitner said. “And it clicked for him like, ‘Oh …’” Geitner said that’s the moment they both realized the lone GOP yes vote came from McKean, who had hit the wrong button by accident. “And I could tell you, his face turned about 50 shades of red. You could see that he was, you know, like, ‘I need to make this […]

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