Colorado Sheriff: I Won't Enforce New Gun Laws
He calls them 'knee-jerk reactions ... unenforceable'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2013 3:45 PM CDT
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, center, backed by a group of fellow sheriffs, in Denver, Monday March 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Colorado lawmakers passed new gun measures this week, but at least two sheriffs are refusing to enforce them. "They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable," said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke after state Democrats pushed through expanded background checks on gun purchases. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is expected to sign it into law, Fox News reports.

Cooke's beef: The $10 background checks won't keep crooks from obtaining firearms, he told the Greeley Tribune. Another Colorado sheriff is opposing another new state gun law—to cap ammunition magazines at 15 rounds—saying he won't be able to tell which magazines were sold after the law's July 1 deadline. Colorado is considered an important test case, because it's the first non-East Coast state to limit gun rights after the Dark Knight and Connecticut school shootings.

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Mar 18, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
And since neither the federal government nor Colorado enforces all of the laws currently in force, neither is in any position to complain
Mar 18, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
BenDunn is right and i have said the same thing in the past; until ALL of the laws of the land are enforced EQUALLY...F 'em. until they do that, they don't have the RIGHT to enforce ANY laws.
Mar 18, 2013 11:29 AM CDT
As soon as the Obama admin Starts to enforce ALL LAWS ON THE BOOKS, ,then you left wing idiots will have a Leg to stand on ' Until then STFU!! Whats Good for the Goose, is good for the Gander!