Sheriffs in Colorado are ignoring a package of gun control laws passed in the wake of shooting in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT. Of the 62 elected sheriff’s in Colorado, all but 7 have signed onto a federal lawsuit that questions whether the laws are actually constitutional. More importantly, law enforcement officials claim that the laws are vague and unenforceable. According to the New York Times, this is a pattern than is playing out across the country, from the gun-friendly heartland and South to the coasts:
In Liberty County, Fla., a jury in October acquitted a sheriff who had been suspended and charged with misconduct after he released a man arrested by a deputy on charges of carrying a concealed firearm. The sheriff, who was immediately reinstated by the governor, said he was protecting the man’s Second Amendment rights.
And in California, a delegation of sheriffs met with Gov. Jerry Brown this fall to try to persuade him to veto gun bills passed by the Legislature, including measures banning semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines and lead ammunition for hunting (Mr. Brown signed the ammunition bill but vetoed the bill outlawing the rifles).
It’s becoming clear that the will of the people and the demands of daily law enforcement are aligned, while the gun-grabbing fringe continues its efforts to undermine popular opinion. Here’s the full list of sheriffs who are resisting gun control measures.