Colorado sheriffs sue over new gun restrictions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Most of Colorado's elected sheriffs are trying to strike new gun restrictions with a federal lawsuit against the state that argues the laws violate the right to bear arms.

The laws passed this spring limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks to private and online firearm sales. The lawsuit was filed Friday.

The majority of sheriffs involved in the lawsuit represent rural, gun-friendly areas of the state, including Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey. They argue the laws set to take effect July 1 have many flaws that will make it nearly impossible for citizens to comply with and they insist the measures won't improve public safety.

The measures were a response to mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut last year. Victims' relatives accused the sheriffs of playing politics.

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  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2013 at 06:33 AM
    I disagree with anon, anyone who is in public Office is still a resident of the USA and Co. They have a right to say and act as citizens, and to add credibility, they have a right to show their expertise and say what their profession is and who they are. This shut up and do your job quietly is clearly a totalitarian message. We the people can make these laws inept by finding anyone "innocent" in courts(as jurors) when they are arrested by police of these "2nd amendment infringing" crimes. This way we can invalidate the legislatures over reaching knee jerk laws.
  • by Fugg Location: Location on May 17, 2013 at 02:37 PM
    Since Sheriffs are elected officals they have a responsibility to support the wishes of their local constituency. Especially when unjust and unenforcable laws are passed against their constituents wishes.
  • by Anonymous Location: GJ on May 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM
    As sheriffs they should focus on serving and protecting citizens. They can voice their personal political like the rest of us without mentioning the public office.
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