There are 62 sheriffs in Colorado, and 55 of them are challenging the law in a court case. Most are unwilling to enforce the state’s anti-gun laws. They refuse to arrest known violators, or else they let them loose. The voters in rural counties prefer it this way.
One of them publicly carries a pair of banned 30-round magazines for rifles, called assault rifles by the media.
The state government is taking a hands-off position. “We’re not in the position of telling sheriffs and chiefs what to do or not to do,” said Lance Clem, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. “We have people calling us all the time, thinking they’ve got an issue with their sheriff, and we tell them we don’t have the authority to intervene.”
The New York Times adds this: “Sheriffs who refuse to enforce gun laws around the country are in the minority, though no statistics exist.” Let me translate: “We’re liberal. We like gun control laws, so we have decided to announce that anti-gun control sheriffs are in the minority. We will hold to this story until statistics exist to the contrary. We may decide to hold to it even after statistics to the contrary are available. It’s our call. It’s our newspaper. We get to do what we want.”