CO Sheriff Gives The Finger To Gun Grabbing Law Makers

Tyrannical style gun control legislation is moving to the desk of Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper after lawmakers passed a landmark expansion of background checks on firearm purchases on Friday and an earlier bill that was passed which limits magazine capacity to 15 rounds of ammunition. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he will not enforce the new state gun laws, saying they were “unenforceable” and arguing that they give a “false sense of security.”

Cooke said Democrat lawmakers were uninformed and are merely reacting to recent tragedies. I’d say that is quite gracious. These people know exactly what they are doing and that is taking advantage of a “crisis.”

“They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” he said.

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Of course under this new legislation, law abiding gun owners would be charged $10 for a background check to transfer a legally owned firearm. It’s about control and money is always involved.

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“Criminals are still going to get their guns,” Sheriff Cooke said.

According to the Greeley Tribune,

Cooke said the other bill would also technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered. He said all magazines can be altered to a higher capacity.

Cooke said he, like other county sheriffs, “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it will be impossible for them to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. He said he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

Vice President Joe Biden got in some Tweets concerning the unlawful legislation:

Fox News adds,

Cooke is joined in his opposition to the proposals by El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who told an angry packed crowd at a meeting on Thursday in Colorado Springs he would stand firm against the bills.

“I can’t tell you when those were sold, bought and purchased. As far as I’m concerned, they were all pre-July 1 if the governor does sign this bill,” he said.

Maketa said the proposed laws were hastily crafted and at least one would be unenforceable. A number of Colorado sheriffs are concerned the laws could lead to registration of gun owners, he said.

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.

Sheriff Maketa is following good advice we’ve provided here at, which you can read here. By the way, for the naysayers claiming that officials wouldn’t’ get involved in the destruction of those records, I suggest you pay attention to Sheriff Maketa’s statement. That is exactly what he is suggesting.

Democrat Representative Beth McCann, a sponsor of the background checks bill said, “Are we going to stop all criminals from getting guns? No. But are we are going to put a barrier there, make it more difficult for them? Yes.”

Apparently Ms. McCann didn’t get the memo that the Colorado Sheriffs are not going to enforce these unconstitutional laws. She also apparently doesn’t get that the only people this legislation will make it hard on is law abiding citizens, not criminals. Finally, I guess Ms. McCann and Vice President Joe Biden didn’t get the Colorado Sheriff’s Association’s statement in opposition to these bills. So with that I applaud Sheriff Cooke and Sheriff Maketa, along with others, such as Sheriff Ron Bruce, who will oppose these laws should they be signed into law by the governor. America is behind you!

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