Calling the new gun laws passed by the Colorado legislature on Friday “unenforceable,” Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said his office would not enforce them, as reported today on FoxNews.com. The bills, which are expected to be signed soon by the state's Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, require background checks on the private transfer and sale of firearms and limit magazine capacity at 15 rounds. Cooke said the proposed new gun laws provide a “false sense of security” and will not be enforced.
Speaking of those proposed gun laws, “They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” said Sheriff Cooke.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa also announced his opposition to the new gun laws, saying the laws were hastily crafted and unenforceable. The FoxNews story also said of Maketa that “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.”
As more state legislatures respond to pressure from the public, reacting to shooting tragedies, to enact more laws and regulations on gun rights, it is expected there will be more opposition from sheriffs and other elected officials who are responding likewise to public demand for the protection of gun rights. A new round of federal laws and regulations that is expected soon to come from the White House and the Congress is also expected to face opposition at the state and local level from law enforcement officials and other public officials. Many county sheriffs and other public officials at the local and county level have previously stated they will not enforce any unconstitutional gun regulations or laws that come out of Washington DC.
The opposition to new gun laws by these two Colorado sheriffs is part of a larger trend of law enforcement officials and other local and county public servants who have announced they will not enforce new gun laws from state governments and the federal government that are in violation of the Second Amendment.
Political battles of this type of Second Amendment-protected gun rights are just one front of the ongoing Red-Blue political civil war that includes battles over other issues such as property rights vs. environmental regulations, states vs. federal government battles over the enforcement and implementation of various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as ObamaCare) and other elements of the public policy initiatives the White House is working on implementing.
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