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Gun debate spurs threats at Colorado Capitol

9:36 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The debate over gun policy is cranking up tension at the state capitol. Several Democrats in the State House of Representatives say they've received death threats this week.

One was on a voicemail for Democrat Joe Salazar of Thornton, who shared the aggressive message with 9NEWS.

The caller starts out by calling Salazar a "f-ing fascist." The voicemail message continues, "You want to outlaw magazines? Come and f---ing take them. You willing to kill the f---ing outlaw magazines, because you will f---ing die."

Listen to voicemail 

Salazar says the threat is being investigated by state law enforcement. While he takes the threat seriously, it doesn't shake his position on the issue.

"This doesn't help their cause. It's not going to help their cause here in Colorado, and it's not going to help their cause across the nation," Salazar said.

Salazar read a transcript of the message to the House floor while debating a bill to impose universal background checks. He told the chamber that he hopes the anonymous caller, who clearly sounds agitated, would have to go through a background check before acquiring a gun.

Other members of his party in key committee posts have also received threats according to House leadership.

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino says threats have been made against Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) and Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) who have both been highly visible in the gun debate this week.

Salazar was one of two Democrats to soften the magazine ban bill in committee this week.

There was more tension at the Capitol Friday as the debate raged on over guns.

A pro-gun lobbyist was thrown out of the capitol after threatening to run political ads against a Republican lawmaker.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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