Colorado Sheriffs File Suit Against New Gun Laws

In a bi-partisan effort, all but 10 of Colorado’s 64 county sheriffs have signed onto a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Democratic gun control measures passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper back in March.

sheriffs_sue_coloradoJoining the Sheriffs in the civil rights lawsuit, supported by the Independence Institute, are disabled people, Outdoor Buddies (a charitable organization for disabled people), licensed firearms dealers, Magpul, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Colorado State Shooting Association, the Colorado Outfitters Association, Colorado Youth Outdoors, and Women for Concealed Carry, according to a press release from the Independence Institute.

This press conference gives a good snapshot of why these new laws, effectively written by New York’s Mayor Michael (Nanny) Bloomberg, are ineffective, unenforceable, and unconstitutional. The product of laws written by emotion and without deference to the Constitution.

One Sheriff in favor of the law, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, highlights the disconnect between logic and emotion. Keeping in mind that every law enforcement officer takes an oath to abide by and support the Constitution, Robinson said back in January . . .

“Public safety professionals serving in the executive branch do not have the constitutional authority, responsibility, and in most case, the credentials to determine the constitutionality of any issue,” Robinson said in the statement. “Law enforcement officials should leave it to the courts to decide whether a law is constitutional or not.”

Oh really? And the point of the oath is . . . ?

Because of the sensational media coverage of gun crime, including the Sandy Hook and Aurora massacres, the public erroneously believes that gun crime is up and out of control. These lawmakers want you to believe that these laws would have prevented such shootings, which they would not. The gun control lobby would also have you think that the criminals get most of their guns through the ‘gun show loophole,’ aka private citizen transfer. They don’t.

According to a DOJ survey, private transfers at gun shows account for only 2% of guns obtained and used in crimes. “About 10 percent said they purchased their gun from a retail shop or pawn shop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source.” The only thing that is out of control is the gun grabbing industry that continue to attack the Second Amendment on emotional grounds. According to the DOJ’s own statistics, gun ownership is way up. AND violent gun crime is way down. That trend is over the last 18 years and continuing.