It’s hard to enforce gun laws if your own sheriffs refuse to support them. It’s been confirmed that nearly 90 percent of Colorado’s county sheriffs refuse to enforce the state’s new gun control laws, which ban magazines with over 15 rounds and require universal backgrounds Fifty-five out of 62 sheriffs in the state believe Colorado’s new gun laws are unconstitutional and unenforceable.
The sheriffs also filed a lawsuit to remove the laws, claiming that legal magazines purchased before the new law went into effect on July 1 look identical to those bought after that date. “How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” asked Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. Although U.S. District Judge Marcia Kreiger tossed out the lawsuit because the sheriffs “lacked standing” to litigate their claims, The Daily Mail confirmed that 21 individuals who do have standing are continuing the lawsuit.
Gun groups and other Second Amendment advocates in the state have expressed their outrage at the new laws, which have also affected the political landscape in Colorado. Two state senators, including the Senate president, lost their seats in a recall election in September, while a third state senator also resigned during a recall effort.
However, other states are ramping up their efforts to strip gun owners of their constitutional rights. More than 20,000 people who purchased their guns legally had them confiscated this year after they were suddenly classified as “prohibited persons” from owning a weapon. California Gov. Jerry Brown authorized a $24 million budget for hiring additional officers to help with the crackdown. The state legislature approved new language earlier this year for what is defined as a prohibited person, or someone who legally registered a firearm but can now no longer exercise their Second Amendment rights. These reasons were expanded to include people who are behind on state taxes, did not pay toll fees in a “timely” manner and other minor misdemeanors or mental health concerns.