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Gun Rights Groups Mull Recall Campaign Against Assembly Speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gun owners' groups are considering recall campaigns against five Democratic state lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker John Perez.

Organizers said Thursday that their effort would be patterned on recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado state legislators, including the state Senate president.

Jennifer Kerns, who recently founded a group called Free California, said during a Capitol news conference that the successful Colorado recalls suggest that lawmakers also are vulnerable in California.

Kerns also is the spokeswoman for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who was the only lawmaker to attend Thursday's news conference.

The announcement comes nearly two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun-control bills into law, including a ban on lead ammunition.

A spokesman for Perez says gun safety measures enjoy overwhelming support in California.

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