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Most Colorado Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Gun Control Law

Written by Gary North on December 17, 2013

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.”

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20 thoughts on “Most Colorado Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Gun Control Law

  1. BraveNative says:

    Its going to take a lot more sheriffs in all states to "stand strong" against any and all gun control policies imposed by the lefts gun grabbers. Reason being is that it is a very slippery slope once you start allowing any "control" at all then as the old saying goes "give an inch and they will take a mile" we will all be dis armed asking what the hell just happened?
    Any law enforcement officer that uses common sense when it comes to the future of our Nation has my respect. Ignoring the new laws from our dictator is the best way to protect and serve.

  2. I still have about two dozen of my banned 30-round magazines and I dare anyone to try to take them away from me…they will get all my ammo first!

  3. CrustyOldGeezer says:

    "Constitutionally Guaranteed RIGHTS" are just exactly that.

    The Bill of Rights Protects pre-existing RIGHTS from political mischief.

    Those RIGHTS were not, and cannot be awarded by any person, or group of persons.

    The fe<s>de</s>ral government is strictly limited to the Enumerated Powers and at no place in any of the Enumerated Powers is it given the authority to award or deny any "RIGHTS".

    ANY government 'official' that treads on forbidden ground IS committing an act of Treason against their office, their OATH of OFFICE, the Constitution and the proverbial "Will of the People.

    That in cludes elected, appointed and hired persons….

    Including 'judges' and any other member of the Judiciary.

    • Here's the rub… You are technically correct but it is the citizens' responsibility to hold the politician's feet to the fire and ensure that they do not exceed their authority. We the citizens have failed miserably. The result is a de facto abrogation of our rights. We the citizens (generally speaking) sit back and wait for elected officials to look out for our rights when all they're concerned about is grabbing and holding on to as much power as they can manage to usurp. As a citizenry, we have become too soft to hold on to our rights. I applaud you for understanding what is "supposed" to be, but we have issues that require significant citizen involvement to correct and much of our population does not understant what is at stake!

    • You are correct. And it is going to take some guts, and if history is any guide, some spilled blood, to re-assert our rights. Some things are worth doing, no matter how high the cost. Bullies only seem to understand one thing, and that is someone who fights back and will not be cowed. We need to start fighting back, and organize so we speak in numbers and from a position of strength. I think there are some retired generals who are starting to organize the concerned conservatives who want to save our nation from the socalists, communists and fasciasts that have infiltrated us. sounds like a good idea to me.

  4. Kbreedlove50 says:

    What Mr. Clem meant to say,
    “We’re not in the position of telling sheriffs and chiefs, who carry and can shoot, what to do or not to do,”

  5. Bill marshall says:

    Beyond our 2nd Amendment rights and the issue of mental health care and laws, another dimension of whether citizens and sheriffs obey laws begins in the White House. Any good manager or leader knows that the culture of an organization is set at the top. When Obama and Holder selectively decide which laws to obey or enforce, they set the culture of lawlessness. Examples: changes to ObamaFraud by Executive Order, Fast and Furious, selectively deciding which voter laws to enforce (e.g. Philadelphia),

  6. sounds like you guys are right on, and finally some sane dialoque. Buck

    • WhiteFalcon says:

      It sounds to me like these guys have been right on for a long time now.I sincerely hope that the morons in the Colorado legislature can be totally thrown out of office and replaced with intelligent conservatives that will restore sanity and freedom to those people. Then I will be able to respect Colorado as a state agsin.

  7. How else could someone such as Obama come into being the epitome of "Peter's Principle" in our age, and don't forget Sebilius, the pro-infanticide witch from Kansas, without the supernatural evil influence of Satan himself. You look at the mass delusion, and the mass deception, and the "all fall in" to the evil concepts that are being forced upon the populus, then how can that happen without pure, unadulterated evil? Look at the Supreme Court as one stark example, upholding a stupid, I say, "STUPID" law, with CJ Roberts citing hypebole and nonsense as rationale for it. Look at what has transpired now, "the house divided against itself" and who pays. We do. The others get what they deserve, but we, the conservative, Christian, Veteran, you name it, has to pay a price for the evil being forced upon us. We need to be strong in the Lord, we do.

  8. Denver Kitty says:

    "It's our newspaper. We get to do what we want." Really? Just one more reason that I praise God that I live in Colorado rather than cesspool New York. LOL.

  9. Paul Paskey says:

    "The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts." Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

  10. Excellent. I wish more sheriffs would realize they are the highest law enforcement officers in their counties, for the simple fact that they are ELECTED (rather than appointed like the local police chief and the civil service band of killers-with-badges he is surrounded by). Sheriffs have the power to arrest federal agents who trespass into their jurisdictions to intimidate, threaten and — in the case of IRS agents — seize private property, bank accounts, cars, boats, etc., without lawful authority.

  11. 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.”

    So well said, Gary! You should do more translation work.

  12. David Brewbaker says:

    Can You Say Posse Comitatus? The Sheriff Is The Highest Ranking Elected Law Enforcement Officer In All Counties. What Is A”Well Regulated Militia” Than A Posse?

  13. I hate relying upon the "good will" of Law Enforcement to stop the enforcement of rotten laws.

    We're a nation of Laws. We need good laws.

  14. Why should the Times even make a burp over this?

    The federal government refuses to enforce any immigration laws that it i not forced by public scrutiny to enforce. It even attacks local and state law enforcements attempts to enforce immigration laws that it ignores.

    Presdient Obama ordered Eric Holder NOT to defend the DOMA in the Supreme Court, despite the fact that it is the AG;'s contitutional duty to do so. Obama didn't like the law. As ACA prop[onents have hypocritically said: "it's the law. Get over it." But not if it's a law they don't like.

    So what it amounts to, people is that our country is fast becoming a country of no laws, or at least no laws by default.

  15. Colorado sheriffs are following the examples set by Washington biggies—-obuma and holdie have been choosing the laws that they want to enforce since they've been in office! No One – courts, judges, congress, reps, senators – have supported the Constitution in opposition to their arrogance!!! America has definitely CHANGED and is DOOMED! The me generation can now obey only the laws that they prefer—–

  16. mrsgunnut10 says:

    Congratulation to these Colorado Sheriffs, for their support of the United States Constitution, Amendments, including the Second Amendment, and the Bill of Rights. All of the Sheriffs, throughout all of these United States, should do the same thing. After all, These Amendments are not just for the American People, they belong to the United States of America's Sheriffs Association's as well. By defending ours – you will be defending yours. Thank you for your time., TSgt., USAF Retired.

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