Charley Brown: Enforcing the law


As I started to read the March 20 Craig Daily Press, the headline “Sheriffs won’t enforce gun laws” got my attention. Sheriffs won’t enforce gun laws — how can that be? They are the chief law enforcement officers in the county and they won’t enforce the law?

As I read the article I saw they were talking about the gun laws passed by the Colorado Legislature and signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. I am certainly not anti-gun. I carried a gun as a law enforcement officer (game warden) for 25 years. I grew up on a ranch and cannot remember there not being guns in the house. My very livelihood depended on hunting, and I now own several guns.

However, I do agree with these new laws (restricting high-capacity magazines and mandating background checks for all gun sales). Now I read that the sheriff will not enforce these laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. The courts may strike these laws down, but for now they are the law. I thought the sheriffs most likely took an oath to enforce the laws of Colorado. I don’t think they can enforce only the laws they agree with.

Charley Brown



Jobeth Haydon-Tupa 3 years, 11 months ago

I think the issue here, is that there is certain legislation that has been passed that is 'un-enforceable'. For instance, how does one determine if my non stamped high capacity magazine was purchased yesterday , or thirty years ago? How is law enforcement to any more prevent the private sale of a firearm, If I drive 45 minutes north, or two minutes to the grocery store, when they are no better equipped to prevent say, a drug transaction. (Although, as responsible gun owners, we SHOULD already be compelled to do our own homework.) Colorado, in effect, has tied local law enforcement's hands behind their back, by capriciously passing such vague legislation, so my question to you sir, would be, ' Exactly, HOW, have our state law enforcement officers been given any REASONABLE means to inact newly passed gun laws, without possibly infringing on our rights?'


citizensforgrowth 3 years, 11 months ago

I would not have said that I would not enforce the new laws but simply said they are very poorly thought out and written. (like obammycare) I am curious how many gun crimes are committed by first time offenders with no record who would pass the background check. And how many gun crimes are committed by felons who did not obtain a gun by legal means. I guess this whole criminals dont play by the rules thing just keeps buggin me!


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