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Colo. Sheriff Won't Enforce 'Knee-Jerk' Gun Control

March 19, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Weld County SO.
Photo courtesy of Weld County SO.

Weld County (Colo.) Sheriff John Cooke told state lawmakers on the verge of approving two gun-control measures he wouldn't enforce the "feel-good, knee-jerk reactions."

In the coming days, Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign laws expanding background checks to purchase firearms and limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The laws passed the state's legislature last week.

Sheriff Cooke told the Greeley Tribune that he "won't bother enforcing" the laws because it will be impossible for him to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. Colorado sheriffs are considering suing the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

On Tuesday, El Paso (Colo.) County Sheriff Terry Maketa also said the new laws are unenforceable. He told an audience it would be impossible to separate which magazines would be legal—those sold before the July 1 enforcement date of the laws—from those sold afterwards, reports the New American.

Comments (21)

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jon @ 3/19/2013 5:51 PM

God Bless all the Sheriffs & deputies who have the guts to stand tall, speak, and be heard. You are true to your Oath and we thank you for that.

I praise you Sheriff for NOT enforcing a nullified UNconstitutional act.

For those who don't know, (Obama, Fienstien, Cuomo), the Bill of Rights & the Constitution IS the LAW of the LAND.

DPB @ 3/19/2013 5:59 PM

God Bless you Sheriff John Cooke! It is great to see someone understands the Constitution and believes the Bill of Rights means what it says it means! Keep up the good work!

paul @ 3/19/2013 6:34 PM

God blees you and your kind in Colorado. Unlike our sheep in the NY legislature and Andy (hitler) Cuomo in our glorious (choke-gag) New York. 50 of the 62 counties rebuked in writing the new legislation and still they won't even consider modifying or amending the " SAFE" law here.. so much for following the will of the people.. what can we do against polotitions that don't follow the will of the people? Unfortunately it seems we can only vote them out.

[email protected] @ 3/19/2013 10:04 PM

Will the last company that leaves colorado, taking hundreds of jobs with them, please turn out the lights? And Sheriff Cooke, Arizona and Texas would welcome you to their Law Enforcement communities. We need more Americans who believe in our Constitution. All of it. Blues, Stay Safe.

Doc @ 3/19/2013 11:29 PM

Good man

Trigger @ 3/20/2013 5:01 AM

I'm going to stick my neck out and hopefully no one chops it off. What Sheriff Cooke is planning on doing is noble however at what point do we as law enforcement professionals stop enforcing laws? Is Sheriff Cooke ready for the repercussions when someone get shot and a high capacity magizine was used. I hate the "feel good" laws that are passed, many of them are without proper consideration.

njmotorcop @ 3/20/2013 5:17 AM

Thank God for honest sheriffs! I wish the sheriffs in my state were even half as honest and competent!

AJ @ 3/20/2013 6:13 AM

He's just another Obama puppet. refer to his interview immediately following the Aurora shooting with Candy Crowley. He's a smart man and he knows these laws are unenforceable and pointless EXCEPT for his and the Dem's political agenda.

Dan B @ 3/20/2013 6:26 AM

To Trigger: You are right on the money! Some may claim if he enforces the law he is doing a disservice to the people. The people had him swear an oath to uphold the law to the best of his ability. By failing to do so, THERE is the violation to his oath and the people.

C Dub @ 3/20/2013 8:31 AM

Colorado has been getting there marching orders from DC for the last 4+ years. No matter if it's education, justice system (Judges) or out state and local legislators they are all falling intio line with DC. We had people come into our state from without to tell us what to do. There goes states rights. We deserve what we get here in Colorado. We have medical marijuana, legalized marijuana (can grow specific # of plants) and now more gun control laws. What is next? Withevery new laws comes more training and unfortunatley more law suits. The western slope of Colorado sure is different than the front range metro area. It's like two differnet states in their beliefs.

Dan Alloy @ 3/20/2013 12:15 PM

Thank God there are people like Sheriff John Cooke. I have never met the man but I can say I will stand with him on this issue. There is no law that can force law enforcement to violate the rights of Citizens. That has been proven many times in the courts.
Stay safe Sheriff, remember there are drones up there!

Thor @ 3/20/2013 3:13 PM

Not as important as the 2nd Amend but I used to get sent to run radar on a road posted with a low speed limit. While on preventive patrol I would easily do 15 over. Did I write up citations? NO. Sergeants wondered were the citations were at the end of the day because they could hear me stopping cars on the radio. This predated the ripoff method today using citations as a city profit center. I didn't get paid $75,000/year either (despite 3 college degrees and 6 years experience). Congrats to sheriffs and any chiefs (none) that realize the Constitution comes first. BTW A handgun on a carseat during a traffic stop does not constitute a violation either!

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/20/2013 8:37 PM

Fire this guy immediately for failure to enforce the law. He cannot choose not to enforce any legally enacted laws. Misfeasence of Duty the Governor needs to replace him immediately!

Dan B @ 3/21/2013 7:14 AM

I still say he is breaking his oath to the people. This law, until and unless it is declared unconstitutional, has been passed by due process according to the constitution. It is to be enforced per his oath. He and other Sheriff's, Chiefs, LEO's can then push to get it overturned.

Steve @ 3/21/2013 1:04 PM

To Dan and Trigger, you must be left leaning. What all LE Officers do First which means more than anything else they will do "They Swore an Oath to up hold the Constitution of the united States against all enemies both Foreign and DOMESTIC" in that Constitution is our rights for which you two will so blindly give away, please don't vote anymore your not helping your eveidently part of the problem reading into something thats just NOT There.

Dan B @ 3/22/2013 6:39 AM

To Steve: You get the wrong idea. All I am saying is those laws that are passed by standard process (right or wrong) must be enforced. That doe NOT mean the Sheriffs cannot exercise their right to free speech, etc., and work to get them overturned by that same legal process!

Tom Ret @ 3/22/2013 10:14 AM

I knew it was probably wrong and most likely unconstitutional but I did it anyway because it was the law and I enforce the law or any order that I'm given blindly without thought or moral compass. If these are your thoughts, you would fit in nicely with the SS.

Trigger @ 3/22/2013 11:51 AM

Steve I knew some would agree with me and other would not, so goes the First Amendment of free speech. But at no time did I attack anothers beliefs as you freely have against Dan B and I. You have no knowledge of our background but you freely stand on your Constitutional Rights to degrade me and others that do not agree with you. The Constitutional Rights that I and every other law enforcement officer and military personnel have sworn to defend. It is apparent that you did not read my posting in its fullest for if you did you would understand what I was attempting to say. Discretion in enforcing laws is a foundational tool in law enforcement, however if not applied properly the end results could be problematic. If Sheriff Cooke makes that decision then so be it, but he still must consider the potential outcome if death or injury are a direct result of that decision when the law is violated.

Dan B @ 3/25/2013 6:39 AM

Very well stated, Trigger! people don't always agree, but they need to respect each other's right to disagree!

Lt Dan @ 3/26/2013 10:15 AM

Sheriff Cooke could have quietly arranged an arrest that was compliant with the law but defiant of the constitution. Result - Law Overturned as Unconstitutional. Tremendous amounts of money saved.

Lt Dan @ 3/26/2013 10:16 AM

Sheriff Cooke could have quietly arranged an arrest that was compliant with the law but defiant of the constitution. Result - Law Overturned as Unconstitutional. Tremendous amounts of money saved.

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