Colorado county sheriffs: we will not enforce the legislature’s new gun control laws.

Which, by the way, they can actually do:” Colorado police chiefs and sheriffs have local control and prioritizing how laws are enforced is their prerogative.”  They’re elected officials, too; they can’t be fired, only voted out of office/recalled.  Anyway, here’s some Colorado sheriffs being explicit about things: I’ll add more if/when they come in.

  • Weld County Sheriff John Cooke: “The sheriff told the [Greeley Tribune] that he and other county sheriffs “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it won’t be possible to keep track of how gun owners are complying with the new requirements.”
  • El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa: “Maketa said his office keeps records of every concealed carry permit holder in the county as required by law, but he would never share it. He said he would destroy the database if anyone tried to get their hands on it and would intervene if government agents started arresting county residents for exercising their constitutional rights.” El Paso County, by the way, is the most populous county in Colorado (yes, even larger than Denver County, which does not have an elected sheriff).

See also Hot Air.  I think that the Colorado legislature may want to start contemplating that maybe – just maybe – they’ve, ah, jumped the gun on firearms control.  As many people in the military would (I believe) tell you, it is a bad thing to issue an order that you know is going to disobeyed.  It just makes it easier for people to ignore the next one, too.  And as many people formerly in Congress would tell you, it is also a bad thing to ram unpopular legislation down people’s throats and then let it fester there until the next election.

But don’t mind me.  Carry on, carry on…

Moe Lane

PS: I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this:

3 thoughts on “Colorado county sheriffs: we will not enforce the legislature’s new gun control laws.”

    1. We’ll see if it’s Pyrrhic or not. If they still get re-elected in `14, then they just successfully drove more R’s out of the state. Works for them.

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