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62 Colorado Sheriffs Position on Gun Control

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BlkLtng02, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. jamesbeat

    jamesbeat Well-Known Member

    Forgive my ignorance, but how big a deal is this type of thing?

    I'm not being facetious, I have only lived in the States for three years and I genuinely don't know.

    Do sheriffs routinely write to politicians about legislation, or is this a 'Holy S***!' history-in-the-making type action that we're seeing here?

    I really hope that it is the heroic and unprecedented defense of the Second Amendment that it appears to be.
  2. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member


    Technically speaking, they are going against the Constitution by taking a stand saying they won't enforce federal law. However, as seen with medical (and more recently, recreational) marijuana use being legalized in states with little reaction from the federal government, it can make a good impact.

    It also lets the government know just how ill-received any possible infringement on the 2nd Amendment will be. Having so many LE officials and states tell Obama and others that this will not be acceptable can actually have a large effect.
  3. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Well-Known Member

    It is almost unheard of. I've never heard of such a broad movement before. There was some activity by Southern Sheriffs during the Civil Rights movement and legislation, but it was only a few, and those from only a few states.

  4. jamesbeat

    jamesbeat Well-Known Member

    So it's not like they'll just roll their eyes and say 'it's those pesky sheriffs again...' it's actually a rare thing to happen?

    For all I know, all sheriffs could be writing to the politicians every month!

    I think that the stance the sheriffs are taking is that the law itself is unconstitutional, so they would be behaving unconstitutionally if they DID enforce it.
    I think we all agree with the sheriffs, but I guess that type of thing can only be decided in court.

    Either way, those are some brave and righteous men.
  5. jamesbeat

    jamesbeat Well-Known Member

    Wow, so this really is something that will probably end up in the history books!

    Good. I hope it has come as a surprise to the antis and will shock some sense into them.

    If this situation wasn't so depressing, it would be pretty exciting...
  6. GKR333

    GKR333 Member

    This is good news

    It would be interesting to know the views of every Sheriff across the nation
  7. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    I have never heard of anything of this magnitude ever happening. It is most definitely not something that can be ignored. I would expect that all of this backlash over the thought of increased gun control has made a large impact on many politicians (including the president), and I expect it to continue to further our efforts to protect our 2nd Amendment.
  8. JLeòdhas

    JLeòdhas Active Member

    Thanks for sharing, hang in there Colorado.
  9. Nickel Plated

    Nickel Plated Well-Known Member

    Even if the Feds decide not to care about what the Sherifs think, the Sheriff is the highest LE position in his county. Generally Fed. LE agencies like ATF, can't do anything without approval of the county Sheriff.

    So the Senate and Obama can pass all the laws they want, if the Sheriffs aren't willing to enforce them and actively prevent the Feds from enforcing them, then the law becomes irrelevant and abiding by it is pretty much optional.
  10. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    Bump to possibly merge threads.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  11. RugerNewbie

    RugerNewbie New Member

    Greetings and Good Morning,
    I just joined the High Road and must say how glad I am to come across this Forum! As my user name indicates, I am a brand new first time gun owner of a 1976 Ruger Police Service Six Blued 4" .357/.38 SPL in impeccable condition!!! (I'll post some pictures of it in the near future.)
    I am hopeful to learn from the wisdom you all can share and give coaching points on a variety of topics regarding this privilege called the Second Amendment, the skills needed to enjoy shooting and the awareness needed for home/self-defense.
    It was my hope to find some Colorado connections on here. It didn't take much to find this thread right off the bat! The topic actually is music to my ears and I thought it was a great proclamation from the "County Sheriffs of Colorado". After all, with all that has gone down over the past 6 months, I knew I couldn't put off taking this leap any longer.
    My heart breaks for the fact that the "liberals" are the minority in reality, yet they squeak the loudest to influence the "emotionally driven" uninformed with lies about what our country was based upon.
    I couldn't just sit by any more on the sidelines, I needed to stand up and be counted with the rest of you. You have no idea how I pray that Eric Holder and the rest of the administration will wake up and realize the error of their ways. I also will promote to more
    that I encounter to ask jump up off the bench and into the game.
    This Saturday, I'll be going to the Tanner Gun Show in Denver, so if any of you have tips on who to talk to there for CCW classes, I'd greatly appreciate the tips. Here's to our success in influencing all that are still on the sidelines.
  12. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    Redundant posting. I didn't see this one when I posted mine.


    You might point out that that wasn't necessarily ALL of them, it's that the organization voted to endorse that. And there are more than 62 counties in Colorado. Broomfield is a new county.

    Nevertheless, it is a powerful statement. And let's remember that this was endorsed by the top cops, which is unusual, since as I understand it, higher-up LEOs are generally against blanket 2A freedoms.

    Ah, what the hell. Nobody reads my stuff anyhow... :D

    Terry, 230RN
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  13. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    The letter in question, in case it has not been posted yet. It was enough to change my favorable views toward mandatory background checks. I now oppose them. If experienced law enforcement officers don't support them, then it makes no sense for me to support them. I trust their judgement.

  14. BlkLtng02

    BlkLtng02 Member

    Quote: You might point out that that wasn't necessarily ALL of them, it's that the organization voted to endorse that. And there are more than 62 counties in Colorado. Broomfield is a new county.

    I read the document again and it looks like the wording used represents all 62 Sheriffs position on the 2A. There are 64 counties, but Denver and Broomfield don't have elected Sheriffs.
  15. shinerjohn

    shinerjohn Active Member

    I believe the sheriffs are not going against the Constitution by refusing to enforce laws that are unconstitutional. Rather they are keeping the oath they took to DEFEND the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
  16. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    I spoke with John Cooke today, who is the Sheriff of Weld County. I shook his hand and told him thank you for supporting the 2nd amendment, and he and I got into a 10 minute discussion about the issues.

    It helps that he knows me a little bit thanks to my working for Weld County with the gang kids for several years and now my role working for the State finding Veterans jobs, but I don't think he knows me well enough to give me personal opinions and so I found it even more impressive with how passionate he was on the subject. Needless to say, Cooke isn't a fan of additional gun laws.
  17. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    I've been a bit nervous lately about CO. I moved here from CA this past summer, less than a week before the theater shooting in fact. Gun laws were PART of the decision to move to CO. I've been afraid lately that I chose poorly in regards to the gun issue, and it would be like going back to CA. This gives me hope.
  18. IlikeSA

    IlikeSA Well-Known Member

    I know for sure one was Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.


    "Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has a different take on proposed gun-control legislation than his counterparts to the north.

    In a letter Robinson sent to constituents Tuesday, the sheriff said that he supports the right to bear arms and that it is his duty to uphold the Constitution.

    President Barack Obama is calling for stricter federal gun laws, including banning assault-style rifles and requiring background checks for all gun purchases.

    But last week, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and Weld County

    Sheriff John Cooke said they would not enforce laws that threaten the Second Amendment. (Smith later said was just giving his opinion and that he would uphold the Constitution.)

    "I don't share that opinion, as I said in the letter," Robinson told The Denver Post........

  19. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I certainly hope so. I have never ever heard of large groups of sheriffs openly vowing to not enforce laws passed by the legislature. This sets a precedent as far as I know of and completely undermines the power of the politicians.
    Very exciting times.
  20. MRH

    MRH Well-Known Member

    I would hope that our two senators, both Democrat, received and read the position paper from the Sheriffs, and that it may influence their decisions, leaning toward voting against the bill. (I doubt that). Senator Bennett is for the assault weapon bill, while I'm not sure of Senator Udall's position.

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