Colorado Sheriff John Cooke Refuses to Enforce Any New Gun Laws

| by Michael Allen
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Several Colorado county sheriffs are threatening not to enforce their own state’s measures to expand criminal background checks and limit ammunition magazines if they are signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

According to the Greeley Tribune, one such law enforcement officer is Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, who has publicly refused to enforce proposed gun-control measures.

“They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” said Sheriff Cooke, who did not cite where in Colorado law that he is allowed to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Cooke said one of the bills, which would require a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun would not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

“Criminals are still going to get their guns,” Sheriff Cooke claimed. 

However, most gun deaths are not committed by criminals, but by family members or friends, according to the FBI.

Sheriff Cooke said another bill would technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered, reports

Sheriff Cooke and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

Other measures that passed both houses of the Colorado legislature include a requirement that firearm buyers pay for their own background checks, a ban on online certification for concealed-carry permits and a ban on gun purchases by people convicted of domestic violence crimes.

Sources: Greeley Tribune and and