Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (courtesy kdvr.com)

Last year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper supported and signed legislation that banned the sale or transfer of ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Recently, Hickenlooper addressed a meeting of the state’s Sheriffs, who opposed the bill and refuse to enforce it. The Governor told the group that he only signed the bill because an [unnamed] staffer promised that he would, and that he never spoke to civilian disarmament champion New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg about the bill. The latter was a lie. The former, a “misstatement.” In an interview with kdvr.com, Hickenlooper broke his silence on Friday to “clarify” his remarks . . .

In his first interview on the subject, Hickenlooper told FOX31 Denver that he wasn’t aware he was being filmed last Friday during a meeting with the sheriffs in Aspen when he appeared to backpedal on the magazine ban, agreeing with one sheriff that it was unenforceable and telling the group that he didn’t expect the legislation to even make it to his desk.

The remarks, he said Friday, were an effort to apologize to sheriffs who felt their voices weren’t heard during last year’s legislative process, not a disavowal of the magazine ban itself.

“I didn’t say it’s unenforceable, I said it’s difficult to enforce,” Hickenlooper said. “A lot of laws are difficult to enforce; that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be there. If we went through the process again, I’d sign it again.” . . .

“I talked to Bloomberg, but it was after we already made the decision,” Hickenlooper said Friday. “He didn’t call and lobby me or have any influence on the decision I made about the bill. That’s what I was trying to get across.” . . .

On Friday, he acknowledged that he wasn’t hamstrung by a staffer’s promise but that he and staffers made the decision to sign the magazine ban and that any promises made by staffers were at his own direction.

And now, the truth . . .

“I didn’t know that this was public, that this was going to be recorded,” Hickenlooper said.

Weasel words from a pro-disarmament politician caught with his proverbial pants down. What else would you expect?

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72 Responses to CO Gov. Hickenlooper Backpedals on Backpedalling on Mag Cap Ban

    • Hey, no problem. Go ahead and interlace your fingers behind your head, turn around, and separate your feet.

  1. I may not agree with liberal ideals and policies, but I can still respect liberals for sticking to their guns- Er… sort of- and standing up for their own principles, foolish though they may be. But, this guy….. *shakes head in disbelief* He’s too yellow-bellied even for that!

      • A great thing about America is that everyone has the right to an opinion, and everyone has the right to help institute changes they think need to be made, whether you like it or not.

        “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

      • I respect them more for being honest about being opposed to the constitutionally protected right. It makes it easier to tell who NOT to vote for.

  2. Gov. It’s time to get a spine and stick to what you believe, for or against gun control. The voters wont know how to vote with you flopping sides like a fish.

    • Wouldn’t that actually make it much easier to know which way to vote? All of us are capable of changing our opinions on some issues based on our maturity level and knowledge base (at least I hope we are!), but some issues should be very black/white. This is one of them, and any type of flip flopping and/or backpedaling means you should not be trusted, regardless of where you end up staking a claim.

      • Simple. Don’t vote for the likes of him, or Feinstein, Pelosi, Christie, Yee, DeLeon, Obama, Biden, etc.

        That’s one of the many things I like about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee: you know where they stand. They are solidly pro-2A and advocate for limited government and freedom. They don’t need a focus group to advise their every statement or political whim.

    • I agree, however if you let that fish flop out of the water long enough they die. I hope the people of Colorado vote that waste of skin out of office.

  3. Politicians are liars, water is wet, night is dark, summer is hot, and beer is awesome…

    Next issue.

    • Even by politician standards, Hickenlooper is a weasel. He makes Clinton look forthright and honest.

      • Chickenpooper is a typical politician.
        My late father always defined them as someone who knows your name, looks you in the eye, shakes your hand and thanks you for your support, all the while the other hand is lifting your wallet or purse…

  4. His opponent doesn’t need to spend much $$ working on an ad campaign development. Just loop these tapes and run ’em. ‘Nuff said. Buh bye chickenpooper

    • And there’s also the waffling over the execution of Nathan Dunlap (Chuck E. Cheese murders), saying he would leave the decision up to the next goob… eh, governor, betting he would be THAT next governor, and grant LWOP instead of death.

  5. I would expect Governor Magazine Ban to clearly explain why the magazine ban was not a big deal, not his idea and not his fault, when he is talking to people who are upset by the magazine ban. After all, the elections are coming and moving and job hunting can be such a pain. I would also expect him to clearly state his full support for the magazine ban when he is talking to people who are not upset by the magazine ban.

    The governor is simply demonstrating his mastery of his craft. He is not flip flopping, he was not for the ban before he was against it. His strategy is much more sophisticated. He is for the ban and against the ban at the same time.

    • “I would expect Governor Magazine Ban to clearly explain why the magazine ban was not a big deal…”

      Because it doesn’t affect me or the indoctrinated proletariat. ~ Hickenlooper

    • Someone who has truly “mastered the craft” would be a little better than this. He’s just flailing and squirming. This is a pretty pathetic performance compared to a truly skilled liar.

  6. If “we the people” would pay attention for even a month we would see that liberals pretend to be moderate until elected, then do what they really believe is right. Basically they know what they believe is the minority opinion but lie to get power, remember President Obama was opposed to same sex marriage in 2008.

    • If “we the people” would pay attention for even a month we would see that conservatives pretend to be moderate until elected, then do what they really believe is right.

      Politicians of *every* stripe lie about being moderates to get elected/re-elected. Period.

      • True conservatism supports every freedom except for on-demand taxpayer funded abortion and gay marriage. Neither of those issues will save this nation. Gay marriage is / will be legal regardless of which poitician resides in office.

        So gay marriage, to me, is a non-starter. It’ll soon be fully legal, and I don’t see any constitutional reason why it won’t be. I’m not for it, by I see the futility in banning it.

        Abortion is an unnecessary elective medical procedure that ends a human life. I have yet to see why my tax dollars need to pay for it. Want an abortion? You’ll be able to get one. Banning abortion – which isn’t feasible – would only push it underground into the black market.

        Once we get past those social issues, it’s pretty clear that turning this nation around will only be accomplished if we expand Liberty, reduce taxes, and minimize government. There are no Democratic Party members I am aware of who actually support that.

        • The real problem is the embedded busybodyism and buttinskyism; people who somehow think they have some right to dictate how other people should live.

          Free people generally mind their own business.

      • Actually, the problem seems to be folks who pretend to be conservative until they get elected, then go all “moderate” (ie liberal). Hence gov’t keeps growing, freedom keeps diminishing, and the authorities wind up telling people who to bake cakes for, on pain of fines, injunctions, and confiscations. (yes, that one really sticks with me, and yes, Colorado is one of those places IIRC).

  7. Freedom to this guy means the freedom to get high and have gov help you with that while taxing the crap out of it. This is what happens when you put liberals or conservatives in charge, the meaning of freedom gets defined by the agenda of whatever political party has control. The republicans while still politicians and therefore scumbags by nature at least know freedom has more to do with guns than drugs.

  8. We’re a little bit fucked in Colorado right now. This liars main opponent in November is a man who earned the nickname “Both Ways Bob” the last time he ran for governor.

      • Voting for someone who has no chance of winning is another form of “Abstaining” or voting “Present”.

        Choosing the lesser of two evils is making the best of a lousy situation. Abstaining is allowing the lousy situation to run completely out of control, out of a misguided desire not to get one’s hands dirty. Pontius Pilate abstained.

  9. Actually had a conversation about this, the judges presiding over the case have yet to decide if the law will be repealed, personally I’m thinking no.

    • I think you’re correct. It’s not the court’s job to rescue stupid people from the stupid acts of their stupidly elected officials.

      • True, but this is about constitutionality, not mere stupidity. Government is free to call whatever idiotic play they want, so long as it doesn’t violate the rules of the game. This mag limit is a violation of the rules of the game and should be struck down.

  10. Nothing he says matters. He knows that. I mean, he’ll have to squirm for a few minutes while he’s doing whatever it was at that moment but the next day no one will remember and/or give a shit what he said.

  11. “I didn’t know that this was public, that this was going to be recorded,” Credibility gap anyone? I am not a crook!

    • And yet the Boulder crowd probably continues to cling to his every word AND find ways to defend what he did/is doing.

  12. Once again, a handful of people infringe on the peoples right of lawful self protection. Limiting your bullets and allowing police to have as many as they want. They know what’s best for you, your family, your business.

    Locate, close with and vote him, his staff, and anyone who knows him out of office.

  13. Ever since Sheriff’s associations, including those in Colorado, came out against Hickenlooper-type legislation, the Governor must be looking at his security detail from a new perspective.

  14. Seems hickenlooper likes to ride backwards, speak like a true politician, and play both sides to whatever benefits him most.

  15. This guy has backpedaled so may times on this issue I wonder if he even knows what he’s backpedaling on? He wants to enforce the law because he actually likes it, yet then turns right around and says the only reason he signed it is because the staffer said he would??
    Sounds to me like he should clean house and replace a staffer for speaking out of line, then get a spine and decide for himself.

  16. A promise to a staffer? Seriously?

    What if it was “Sorry, Gov. Hickenlooper–I only punched you in the mouth because I HAD to. You see, my secretary promised that I’d do it, so I, like, totally had to.”

    See how dumb that sounds?
    Eh, probably not.

  17. Remember, November! I hope the good folks in CO are as motivated this fall as they were in recalling the asshats in the legislature. Really, it was pretty stupid of him to remind them.

  18. I find it somewhat amusing that Colorado managed to elect a governor who looks like a real life “South Park” character.

    “Guns are bad. So don’t own guns, mmmm-kay.”

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