DENVER - A panel of Colorado state lawmakers investigating an ethics complaint against a pro-gun lobbyist reached no final conclusions about whether he violated lobbying rules.
That's in part, the final report says, because Rocky Mountain Gun Owners lobbyist Joe Neville refused to appear and testify to the committee after giving an initial account of the heated exchange between himself and Rep. Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen) during floor debate over gun-control legislation.
Gerou admits she swore at Neville in the exchange, at which point, she says Neville threatened retribution through political ads by mail.
It is against state lobbying rules to attempt to influence an official by threatening "political reprisal."
The report does not reach any conclusions about whether that rule was violated, citing a lack of information due to Neville's refusal to appear for questioning.
The final report is being submitted to the legislature's executive committee, made up of members in leadership roles, which could authorize a subpoena to compel Neville to appear and testify.
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