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Video: Colo. Sheriffs Sue To Overturn Gun Laws

May 20, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Colo. Sheriffs Announce Gun-Rights Lawsuit

Nearly nine of 10 Colorado sheriffs have signed onto a lawsuit seeking to overturn a trio of new gun-control laws signed into law in March.

Of the state's 64 sheriffs, 55 support the lawsuit announced Friday that's spearheaded by Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. At a press conference, Sheriff Cooke blasted the laws as unconstitutional and ineffectual.

"For me, this lawsuit is about two things—first, upholding the constitution, which I took an oath to defend just like the other 53 sheriffs. But it's also about public safety. These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family."

On the eve of the passage of the laws, Sheriff Cooke announced he and other sheriffs wouldn't enforce the laws, which he deemed unconstitutional gun control. Oath Keepers Colorado released a statement Friday lauding the lawsuit and saying the group is "pleased by this kind of patriotism displayed by county sheriffs."

On March 20, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three laws that would limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, require universal background checks for gun sales and transfers, and require customers to pay for the cost of background checks.

Only nine Colorado sheriffs haven't endorsed the challenge, including Denver County Sheriff Gary Wilson.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the sheriffs by the Independence Institute. Read the full complaint here.

Comments (11)

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Chuck @ 5/20/2013 2:52 PM

Good luck sheriff. I used to live in colorado so I support 100%

Morning Eagle @ 5/20/2013 4:07 PM

Go for it! If our elected county sheriffs don't have the courage to take a firm stand to stop such senseless legislation that is clearly unconstitutional, then who will? Doesn't say much for the nine that have not endorsed the suit. Apparently they do not understand the oath they all took at some point.

Tom Ret @ 5/20/2013 4:17 PM

Good to hear from some sheriffs who have some balls and are willing to stand up for what is right. I would like to see all sheriffs and chiefs demand Mr Fast N Furious, Eric Holder, resign. He is not only an embarrassment
but his ineptitude is threatening our freedoms.

[email protected] @ 5/20/2013 4:34 PM

Sheriff Cooke, Thank You! You and your fellow Americans have not forgotten that Oath that many of us, both LE and military, took to perserve the rights of Americans. Unfortunately there are many who have lost sight of the reason for that Oath and are hell bent on bringing this country down, Obama and Holder doing their best to destroy and intimidate those that oppose their efforts. Stand Tall. Blues, Stay Safe.

Boston @ 5/20/2013 4:40 PM

I wish the rest of the law enforcement communities in this country would stand up and follow Colorado. We all know where this is issue is going.

Bo @ 5/20/2013 4:43 PM

Mr.(?) Holder should not resign!! He should be in a federal pen along with his boss. How is it that they can commit several felonies and not face a prosecutor?

Hiram Miggs @ 5/20/2013 5:13 PM

Colorado used to be very much a Western state, with the Western "live and let live" attitude. Then the population changed, and the influx of Californians brought with them their odious big brother political attitudes and actions. This was most noticeable when forked-tongue CO politician Ben Nighthorse Campbell turned his back on both gun-owners and the Constitution years ago.

Kudos to the Sheriffs. Integrity and courage live on.

Tom Ret @ 5/20/2013 5:52 PM

After reading the brief, it is apparent that the Gov has no common sense when it comes to firearms or firearms legislation. One of the many problems which the law would create involves the private party loan or sale which is to be done through an FFL holder. One of the provisions is that the FFL holder must monitor the seller and buyer until the instant
check comes back. Since the check can take hours if not days to receive,
I suppose the FFL holder will have to turn his business into a bread and breakfast. On the bright side he will receive a mandated $10.

Troy Hendricks @ 5/20/2013 5:53 PM

You have to love our Colorado law makers these days. The same state that is trying to make it a law that all LE take 'dog sensitivity' training annually, but not active shooter training. Even in the wake of Columbine, Platte Valley and the Aurora Theater shootings.

therookie @ 5/20/2013 7:42 PM

Gary Wilson has no choice. Denver has no elected Sheriff. The Mayor appoints his Sheriff Dept. Managers. It's a Corrections Only Agency. The other ones are Grayson Robinson who don't want to lose his cake job in Arapahoe County. Don't know who all the others are. Pitkin County (Aspen) & Routt County (Steamboat Springs) is afraid to join. When I was a L.E.O. 21 yrs. of it was in Colorado. It has changed for the worse there. Sad, sad state of affairs literally.

Jim A @ 5/21/2013 12:29 AM

I have said it before. Liberalism is killing this country. This type of law is not saving anyone. It is not making anyone safer. It is making law-abiding citizens into criminals, driving gun-manufacturers out of unfriendly states and into more friendly states, and circumventing the constitution. It is pure sensationalism and emotionalism - not common sense. I say NO to gun control - YES to people control, YES to crime control, and YES to severe punishment for severe crimes. Enough is enough!

It takes guts to stand up and thank you guys for showing you have them.

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