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    Colorado sheriffs sue over new gun restrictions

    Colorado sheriffs sue over new gun restrictions

    By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

    Updated 3:52 pm, Friday, May 17, 2013


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    • Weld County, Colo., Sheriff John Cooke, left, with El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, center right, and other sheriffs standing behind him, speaks during a news conference at which he announced that 54 Colorado sheriffs are filing a federal civil lawsuit against two gun control bills passed by the Colorado Legislature, in Denver, Friday, May 17 2013. Among other claims, the group of sheriffs and others joining the suit argue that the laws violate the 2nd and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Photo: Brennan
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    DENVER (AP) Colorado sheriffs upset with gun restrictions adopted in the aftermath of last year's mass shootings filed a federal lawsuit Friday, challenging the regulations as unconstitutional.
    The lawsuit involves sheriffs from 54 of Colorado's 64 counties, most representing rural, gun-friendly areas of the state.
    The sheriffs say the new state laws violate Second Amendment protections that guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. Opponents are criticizing the lawsuit as political maneuvering.
    The filing targets Colorado laws that limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks. The regulations passed the Legislature this spring and are set to take effect July 1.
    It isn't yet clear whether the sheriffs' challenge will delay or jeopardize the laws. The filing, however, guarantees the renewal of a fierce debate over gun control.
    Colorado lawmakers passed the restrictions in reaction to the shooting rampage at a suburban Denver movie theater last summer, where 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded, and the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
    The gun control debate was one of the most emotionally charged of the legislative session, with lengthy debates and national attention. President Barack Obama added to the attention on the Colorado Statehouse, as his administration unsuccessfully pushed Congress to enact similar gun controls.
    Sheriffs' attorneys are considering whether to ask the court for a preliminary injunction, which would block the Colorado laws while the lawsuit moves forward.
    The law enforcement community is divided on the issue. In contrast to the sheriffs, theColorado Association of Chiefs of Police, which includes urban departments, supports the laws. The chiefs said the measures were "common-sense approaches" to protect the public "while not taking guns from law-abiding citizens in any way."
    Unlike sheriffs, police chiefs are not elected.
    Democrats maintain the public is on their side, and say legislators carefully crafted the proposals that were signed.
    "These laws were not constructed haphazardly," said Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge, the sponsor of the magazine limit. "They were constructed to protect us from massacres like the ones we suffered in Aurora and Newtown."
    Relatives of victims of the Colorado shooting criticized the sheriffs for filing the lawsuit and accused them of playing politics.
    "As a parent who lost my son Alex at the Aurora theater shooting, I ask these people to put themselves in my place," Tom Sullivan said in a statement. "I do not understand why these politicians are picking guns over people."
    Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he and his colleagues were "not the ones playing politics with this."
    "We believe that the Legislature were the ones who were playing politics," he said.
    Gun control opponents say the language in the regulations is unclear and doesn't provide safeguards to prevent people from inadvertently breaking the laws.
    Ammunition magazines, for example, are easily converted to larger sizes, which the bill bans. Gun rights advocates also say the law expanding background checks doesn't provide enough exemptions for temporary transfers and that people conducting private transactions will have a difficult time getting appropriate checks.
    Lawmakers allowed several exemptions in the background check legislation, including transfers between immediate family members, shooting events and temporary transfers of up to 72 hours.
    State officials, including Attorney General John Suthers, have worked to defend the intent of the laws. Suthers, a Republican responsible for defending the law against the legal challenge, issued a statement Friday giving guidance to law enforcement on how the magazine limit should be enforced.
    He said magazine features "must be judged objectively" and that magazines that hold 15 rounds or fewer can't be defined as "large capacity" simply because it can be modified to include more.
    The state has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.

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  3. I hope it goes well.

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    Taking a chance for all of us.

    I too hope this goes well and helps to restore the balance in Colorado gun controversy.
    The Sheriffs are taking a great risk with regard to their careers as LEO with this law suit, after all it was just last March this year that they were all threatened by the Colorado State Legislature about withholding pay raises for the Sheriff's stands against the very laws they are now trying to stop by law suit.
    Colorado sheriff says lawmakers holding up pay raises over gun stance | Fox News
    This legislature seems to think that they have powers over elected officials that don't exist, YET. But they seem like the type to try to do what they want, when they want, to whom they want just like any proper liberal would think.
    I honor these men for the stand they are taking against unwarranted attacks against our 2nd Amendment rights under The Constitution. These men are putting their life's work on the line for a cause they believe is unjust and counter to the creation of a polite society.
    I'd rather be a Conservative Nutjob. Than a Liberal with NO Nuts & NO Job

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    The lawsuit involves sheriffs from 54 of Colorado's 64 counties, most representing rural, gun-friendly areas of the state.
    Just shy of 85% of the sheriffs in the state are joining this suit? Wow. That's the kind of action that could penetrate this beyond-cynical Patriot's jaded opinions of law enforcement! Hopefully if/when they are successful in this suit, they will go on to address the multitudes of other 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th Amendment violations that LEOs are allowed to violate with impunity on a daily basis. But I have to admit, this is an encouraging story that is a baby-step in the right direction.

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