A sheriff in Colorado’s ninth most populous county has announced that he will not enforce his state’s new gun measures, regardless of whether Gov. John Hickenlooper signs them into law or not.
On Friday, Colorado lawmakers greenlit an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases. This came just days after the approval of a 15-round limit on ammo magazines. And while both measures still need Gov. Hickenlooper’s signature, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke has already come out and publicly stated that he will not enforce them because they give the public a "false sense of security."
"They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable," he said to the Greeley Tribune on Friday.
“Criminals are still going to get their guns.”
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Republicans oppose Colorado’s new, more restrictive firearm proposals, noting that they put an extra burden on law-abiding gun owners.
Sheriff Cooke made it clear that he and other county sheriffs “won’t bother enforcing” the new laws because it's impossible to keep track of whether gun owners are or aren’t meeting the requirements set by them. Furthermore, he and other sheriffs are apparently considering suing Colorado to block the proposed measures if they actually end up getting signed into law.
Colorado is home to two of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history: one at Columbine High School in 1999 and the other at an Aurora movie theater in 2012.