Talks of Secession Begin Among Several Colorado Counties following New Gun, Energy Bills (VIDEO)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Max Slowik

At least seven and as many as 10 counties have started seriously considering secession following the passage of new laws including strong gun control and a new energy regulations that raises rates for rural residents.

Disgruntled citizens are looking to create their own new state of “North Colorado,” because their representatives in Denver don’t have their interests in mind when drafting policy. Even counties in neighboring states are talking about seceding to North Colorado if it becomes its own state.

“We’ve had citizens coming to our hearings for months asking us to please do something. This is for real,” said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway.

“They treat us as if we don’t exist,” he said. “It’s not like we didn’t try to engage the legislature — it’s that we were ignored over and over again.”

“[House majority leader] Dickey Lee Hullinghorst told us, ‘If you liked this legislative session, you’re going to love the next one,’” Conway said. “We were like, ‘Holy moley.’ People were literally gasping.”

“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be,” said state Rep. Cory Gardner (R). “The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state.”

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