Opponents to gun control say they have evidence that shows Governor Hickenlooper may have been influenced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Phone records obtained by CompleteColorado.com show Mayor Bloomberg called the Governor at two important points of the debate this past spring.
“Really, just confirmed what we knew. We've been hearing about it from legislators, we heard those conversations took place and all the signs were there saying this was an East Coast influence,” said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.
Sheriff Maketa is leading the lawsuit against Colorado’s new gun laws, arguing they are unenforceable.
"We've been saying it all a long, we've saying follow the money and you'll see whose agenda this really is. It's not a grass roots Colorado effort," Maketa said.
Eric Brown with Governor Hickenlooper’s office released this statement about the phone calls:
“The governor talked to many people on all sides of the gun issue. For example, he hosted NRA President David Keene in his office for a meeting, and he talked to Mayor Bloomberg on the phone. He also met with families of crime victims and with interested advocacy groups such as the Independence Institute (now partnered with sheriffs in a lawsuit). Any outside influence hardly came from one place.”
Records on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website show Mayor Bloomberg’s group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” had several lobbyists registered at the capitol this year.