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Colorado Sheriff refuses to enforce state’s new gun laws

Article Highlights

  • CO requiring background checks for private sales, magazine limits
  • Sheriff considers new gun regulations to be false security
  • New state laws expected to be signed by Governor

Arguing that the state’s new controls on guns offer nothing but a false sense of security to state residents, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said that he will not enforce any of the new regulations in his jurisdiction after they take effect.

“They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” the Sheriff told the Greeley Tribune.  “Criminals are still going to get their guns,” he added.

The Colorado state legislature passed several gun measures in the past weeks, including a 15-round magazine limit and a $10 background check for every firearm transfer, even if the transfer is person-to-person rather than a sale from a licensed gun shop.  The bill originally restricted magazine capacities to 10-rounds, but a last minute amendment to the bill upped the limit to 15.

Sheriff Cooke said he, and other sheriffs from the state, will not enforce the new gun regulations due to the difficulty of tracking gun owners (which, coincidentally becomes more and more difficult as gun regulations increase) and how little the new regulations will effect senseless gun crimes.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa told a group of residents in Colorado Springs last week that he, too, will not enforce the state’s new regulations.

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