Joe Biden calls state Democratic lawmakers, encourages them on gun control

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Joe Biden in Arvada, Colo. Nov. 3, 2012

DENVER — Vice President Joe Biden, who is vacationing in Colorado this weekend, called Democratic state lawmakers Friday afternoon to encourage their work in moving forward on four gun control measures, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

Rep. Tony Exum, D-Colorado Springs, got a call on his cell phone just after 5 p.m.

“I said, ‘Hello’ and he said ‘This is Vice President Joe Biden,'” Exum told FOX31 Denver.

“I was totally surprised. He just said he’s watching us and asked if we had a chance to move these bills forward and said what an important signal it would send to the country if we do.”

All four Democratic gun control bills, including a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks, are expected to pass the House and eventually become law.

“I told him we’ve got a great chance,” Exum said. “He was really pleased to hear that.

“And he kept calling me ‘chief.'” Exum, elected in November, served as a long time fire chief in Colorado Springs.

Biden also left a voicemail for Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, who didn’t answer his cell phone when Biden called.

“He knows what a big deal it would be for Colorado to pass these,” Exum said. “We’re a western state.”


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