Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP. The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense of two state lawmakers recalled over their gun votes earlier this year."Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems," the Democratic governor said in an interview with Capital Download, USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series. "They don't really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that."But (it is) probably not a bad idea" for gun control groups, such as the one established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to curb their efforts if gun rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak, a two term Democrat from a suburban district north of Denver, he said.

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