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Colorado Sheriffs: New Gun Laws Unenforceable

By Greeley Tribune

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he won't enforce either gun-control measure waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, saying the laws are "unenforceable" and would "give a false sense of security."

One bill passed Friday would expand requirements to have background checks for firearm purchases. Hickenlooper is expected to sign it into law within two weeks.

Earlier this week, Colorado lawmakers approved a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. It also is awaiting the expected approval of the governor.

Cooke said Democratic lawmakers are uninformed but are scrambling in reaction to recent tragedies in the nation.

"They're feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable," he said.

Cooke said the bill requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun would not keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence.

"Criminals are still going to get their guns," he said.

Cooke said the other bill would also technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered. He said all magazines can be altered to a higher capacity.

Cooke said he, like other county sheriffs, "won't bother enforcing" the laws because it will be impossible for them to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. He said he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

The vice president praised passage of the background check bill.

"Congrats to Colorado House and Senate for passing universal background checks," read a tweet sent by the office of Vice President Joe Biden from his official @VP account.

It was followed by another tweet referring to the theater shooting that read, "The families of Aurora deserved a vote and got one. Now U.S. Congress must act too."

Congress also is considering a number of new firearm restrictions.

Colorado is the first state outside the East Coast to significantly ratchet back gun rights after the theater and school shootings. Colorado's gun debate was being watched closely because it's considered a swing state with both a gun-loving frontier past and an unfortunate history of mass shootings, including the 1999 Columbine High School attack.

"Are we going to stop all criminals from getting guns? No," said Democratic Rep. Beth McCann, a sponsor of the background checks bill. "But are we are going to put a barrier there, make it more difficult for them? Yes."

The move to expand background checks would be one of the most sweeping responses by Colorado to the shootings last year in Aurora and at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

In Colorado, expanded checks have been a top priority for Hickenlooper, who called for the proposal during his State of the State address in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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  1. tfanta05Comment by tfanta05
    March 18, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Your not going to stop anything with these new gun laws. It’s nothing put a political smoke screen, and they know it.
    Criminals don’t have gun license’s, they don’t buy guns legally, they don’t do background checks, neither do sick mentally disturbed people. So explain to us just how these laws helped anyone. The only thing I see that it did do, was hurt law abiding people even more now…..

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    • sundanceComment by sundance
      March 18, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

      Right what are they doing behind this smoke screen. Can we say Amnesty for illegals. How many current gun owners are going to register their guns. Will Fish and wildlife do it when checking your stuff. I plan to hunt elsewhere. Suggest every gun owner out of the state hunts in a different state. That is one way to show support for the gun owners in the state. Hurt the State where the pocket book is. These states who want to violate the 2nd amendment show them there are other states we can spend our money in. I was going to CO this year but have changed my plans.

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    • bull57Comment by bull57
      March 19, 2013 @ 1:20 am

      When did Colorado turn into a bunch of ? It’s not the mans man state that I remember. It’s time to send all the rich liberals back to where they came from and give this great state back to the conservatives! I hope all he sheriffs have the same attitude as Sheriff Cook has and tell the state legislature and governor to go to hell!

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    • Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
      March 19, 2013 @ 6:39 am

      This is what you get when you vote for democrats

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    • firemanfred1Comment by firemanfred1
      March 19, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

      As it gets worse here is my prediction, law abiding citizens will keep their guns, no matter the type, banned or not, when their life or families life or property is threatened by the street thug they will shoot them dead, bury the body and call no law or authority for fear of arrest for protecting themselves. This is what it will come too, and their justification will be the government is now out of control and cares not about the law abiding citizen who must now fen for themselves and tell no one after the fact. At some point along this bleak future, the good people rise up and bury the politicians who will never be heard from again, for now they are the tyrants the US Constitution says we can ” Throw Off” and form a new government. It’s the politicians who will bring this ultimate act upon themselves. And when they came for the politician, no one was there to help or speak up for them, sound familiar?
      Let Freedom Ring Baby.

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  2. reidyComment by reidy
    March 18, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Sheriff John Cooke may be the one person in the state not smoking dope.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      March 18, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      And smoking dope is legal there now. But most guns won’t be.

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    • boggieComment by boggie
      March 18, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

      The Sheriffs of Colorado are True Blue and the Sheriff of Elpaso County where My Ranch is gives out over 5000 concealed carry permits every month for the past 10 years. I can assure you for every 1 person who smokes dope in Colorado there are 100 who don’t. Myself and these Sheriffs included. The people of Colorado know the difference between a criminal and an addict. They passed the legalization of Cannabis, because they are freedom loving intelligent people who are tired of Government treating law abiding citizens as criminals. The Constitution says we have The Right to pursue happiness. If some choose to smoke cannabis as a means to a little happiness and they are decent law abiding people then they shouldn’t be treated as criminals. Just as Criminals will never obey a Law restricting their use of Guns’ Addicts will never obey a law that restricts their use of their drug. That is the reason Coloradan’s decided to take the intelligent and sensible approach to abolishing a draconian unenforceable Constitutionally violating law making cannabis illegal.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      March 18, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

      Davnkatz: Those are obvious and blatant strawmen.

      I don’t partake in any narcotics outside of prescribed pain killers following surgery (2 procedures in the last 3 months).

      Partaking in cannabis can be harmful to oneself.

      Molesting a young child can be harmful to the child.

      Theft is harmful to the property owner.

      See the difference?

      One only affects oneself; where the others affect other people negatively. Whose business is it of yours to tell someone what they are allowed to do with their own self?

      Not very Conservative, are you? RINO much?

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    • davnkatzComment by davnkatz
      March 18, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

      Let’s see if I can follow your logic, boggie. We all have the right to pursue happiness – and some chose to smoke cannabis when it was ILLEGAL.
      Adult male decides to fondle little girls only when they come close to him and it makes hiim and the little girls feel good so it is OK because it is pursuing happiness.
      A person steals something because the store or personal owner can afford to buy or replace it with another. Besides, having that things makes me me feel good and getting away with stealing makes me feel really good. It is my Constitutional Right to seek happiness.
      I could go on-&-on. So Colo make smoking dope legal. Before that happened, all those people participating in illegal activity are NOT (I repeat NOT) “law abiding citizens.
      You are absolutely right about one thing. Gun laws do NOTHING to stop criminals from obtaining and using weapons for their own violent intent. Such laws just treat law abiding citizens like criminals.

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    • davnkatzComment by davnkatz
      March 19, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

      Bayushi Zero – How long have you had your head crammed where the sun don’t shine? Re read my post! nUnless your handle is a description of your intelligence, my post was ridiculing boggie’s logic.
      Your own logic is ridiculous. If someone commits suicide, he/she is only harming self. Maybe you might want to reconsider that – if your mental faculty is up to it. Everything we do has consequences and effects, positively or negatively, everyone who comes into contact with those actions
      I’m probably wasting time and energy trying to explain anything to anyone who arragently stoops to name calling.

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  3. nielszooComment by nielszoo
    March 18, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    So are they going to start handing out blank ATF Form 4473′s along with the clean needles, condoms and methadone? That way the guy selling the stolen Glock in a back alley can have the proper information on hand when he calls in for that NICS check at 2am. This even too stupid even for a movie plot!

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  5. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    March 18, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    How many hard-earned tax payer dollars are going to be wasted on implementing and enforcing these ridiculous and ineffective laws? They won’t work because criminals and psycho mass murderers don’t obey the law. They never have and they never will. All these laws do is create a big headache for the good citizens who do obey the law. How stupid are our liberal countrymen that they believe this is a fix? This is a hysterical busy-body move by the current administration to make everybody feel good because big-daddy government is fixing this murder problem we’ve got. It’s like showing starving children pictures of food that you are never really going to give them. It offers them hope for moment but it’s all a sham – what you should have spent on solving the problem, you’ve wasted on the pictures.

    So it is with this gun control issue. What should be spent on the root problem, which is: why are we becoming a country of lawless individuals who have no regard for the lives and property of others, is being spent on making people, who already obey the law, jump through more hoops just to live their decent, law-abiding lives.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      March 18, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

      >> How stupid are our liberal countrymen that they believe this is a fix? <<

      They're not stupid, and they don't believe this is a fix. It's feel-good vote buying, and they know it; but, it works.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      March 18, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      Colorado passed these laws because the legislature is controlled by Democrats, after the 2012 election. I seriously believe there was tampering with the voting process. Voting machines are too easily programmed for desired results. And how many illegal registrations occurred? Curious how the CO Legislature went from conservative so quickly, to a liberal one. And liberal ideas on the ballot that had been voted down several times in the past, had enough votes to pass in 2012! It is similar to Obama getting all of the votes in some Cleveland districts to 0 for Romney. Implausible!

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    • RattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      March 18, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

      Veva, you are correct. Go to “voting machine fraud” on You tube and there is testimony from a software designer who admitted to creating a program to compromise the vote. Electronic voting needs to go away, paper ballots counted by hand is the only way to go, even if it takes a year to count the votes.

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  6. bishcastorComment by bishcastor
    March 18, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Any bet crime rate hits the roof in colorado?

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      March 18, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

      If you can alter the Second Amendment, no provision in either the Constitution or Bill of Right is safe.

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  8. gileyComment by giley
    March 18, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Good to see that there is some common sense officials still left in the state of Colorado. I applaud the sheriffs for standing firm on the Second Amendment. I wish we had some common sense politicians in Sacramento.

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  10. dodgecharger4404Comment by dodgecharger4404
    March 18, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Passing additional gun control legislation is similar to the predictions of psychics. The psychics are never called to account for their numerous wrong predictions, and legislators never give an account of their failed legislation. Instead, just as the psychics continue to churn out predictions, so also the lawmakers copious volumes of laws which utterly fail to address the real problem. Beyond fail, this kind of legislation compounds, yes produces, the problem(s) which they promise to fix. So what will they propose after the next violent incident which the previous legislation was powerless to prevent?

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  12. boggieComment by boggie
    March 18, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Comment by davnkatz
    March 18, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Let’s see if I can follow your logic, boggie?/
    People will always twist what you said into something perverse.
    My logic is: The people of Colo. Know the difference between an addict whom is to be pitied and helped. And a criminal who is to be despised and eliminated from Society. And, they are sick and tired of Government telling them how to run their State and dictate the Policies that have failed and are Stigmatizing Decent honest law abiding Voters and filling up the Jails and burdening the courts with people whose only crime is against themselves, because the are addicted to an herb. Addicts and criminals are not the same, but are not going to change because of a law. That is the Logic. This same Spirit is represented by the Sheriffs who See the Gun Control Laws as unenforceable and senseless.

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  13. jbandersonjrComment by jbandersonjr
    March 18, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    I lived in Colorado for over 8 years until I saw the writing on the wall and it started mimicking CA. A few years ago just to see how easy it was to buy an illegal gun a Denver TV station bought several weapons off the black market a few blocks from the Capitol. I wonder how many new black marketeers will pop up now in and around Denver. Outlaws will always be armed because they have no intention of honoring and obeying the law.
    Law abiding citizens on-the-other-hand will again have their hands tied behind their back.
    The law that needs to be passed is that every Law Abiding Head of household Must have a Firearm in their home & be trained how to use it. Gun Safety must be taught and every High School Must have a rifle team with a target range on campus. The only exception would be those who have lost their right to bear arms via the courts; or via religious reasons. Wouldn’t that take a bite out of crime?

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  14. coachbrianComment by coachbrian
    March 18, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    This is not about “gun” control; It’s about Constitution control.

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    • m0m0Comment by m0m0
      March 18, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

      All rules,laws, whatever are just a waste of time……Nothing will be legal, and enforceable until the Second Amendment is modified, removed, altered by legal means…..All laws, rules either by federal or state are null and void by these four words… “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED…..” and until such time as the Second Amendment shall be legally removed, revoked, rewritten, no law or rule shall be legal and inforceable………..mlm

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  15. boggieComment by boggie
    March 20, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Comment by Bayushi Zero
    March 18, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    Davnkatz: Those are obvious and blatant strawmen.
    Thankyou for your validation of my comment. You surely got Mr. Zero correct. The last desperate attempt of someone who has nothing credible to defend their argument is attacking the character of someone with whom they disagree.
    I am thankful my Mother taught me how to be polite even when She didn’t like someone or disagreed with them. She said “if You don’t have anything nice to say about someone just keep your mouth closed.” I never heard her openly criticize anyone, but you always knew if she didn’t agree with them.
    It is not the purpose of Government to try to legislate morality. and as Christians we have the Authority to judge any matter concerning morality; By judging a matter of crime where there is a victim. Passing laws to legislate morality is unenforceable. Christ said Let the wicked be wicked and the Ungodly be ungodly. Concern yourself with your own salvation. Sometimes it is necessary to eliminate a perpetrator of a senseless immoral act against another person from society. When we have to do this we are not judging the person; but rather the act committed by the person.
    (the Matter) Thus making society safer by dispatching the perpetrator to his maker for his rightful judgement, by the only one qualified to judge him or her.

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    • boggieComment by boggie
      March 20, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

      We Form Government to represent our will and defend our God Given Rights:
      When those who have violated this position of trust by usurping our authority to give them the authority to do this for us then we have a moral obligation and authority that supersedes their imagined authority.

      1 Corinthians 6:1-20 ESV

      When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …

      1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV

      But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

      Romans 1:18-32 ESV

      For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, …

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