Colorado Counties Consider Secession Over Gun Laws, Oil Regulations

Representatives from 10 rural Colorado counties met this week to draw up plans for a 51st state they call “North Colorado,” where they dream gun and oil laws will be more lax, Denver television station KCNC reported

The secessionist movement grew out of its organizers’ frustration with state lawmakers passing restrictions on guns and the oil and gas industry, as well as raising renewable energy standards for rural co-ops, according to KCNC.

The counties would need the approval of voters, the Colorado General Assembly and U.S. Congress to secede and form “North Colorado,” according to the television station. Should the secession plan fail, county commissioners could propose a ballot initiative that would alter the state Senate so that each of Colorado’s 64 counties would have its own senator to represent its interests.

“We need to figure out (a) way to re-enfranchise the people who feel politically disenfranchised now and ignored,” Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway told KCNC.

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