Moffat County Commissioners show angst over gun laws |

Moffat County Commissioners show angst over gun laws

Moffat County Commissioners signed a resolution Tuesday supporting litigation to overturn Colorado’s new gun laws.

Specifically, the resolution supports the 55 county sheriffs in Colorado, including Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, who have filed a lawsuit opposing the two gun laws recently passed by the Colorado General Assembly.

“It’s important to stand up with the law enforcement people,” Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.

House Bills 1224 and 1229 are what have the county commissioners, the sheriff and various residents upset.

“I think it’s totally unenforceable,” Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said. “They pushed this through the state Legislature without much thought. It’s a top-down approach.”

The supporting resolution states that HB 1224 imposes a ban on the ownership, sale or transfer of ammunition magazines manufactured after June 1. The problem the commissioners have with the bill is that “there is no way to determine either the date of manufacture or the manufacturer’s intent with regards to adaptability at the time of design.”

They have further problems with HB 1229, which requires private buyers and sellers of guns to have extended background checks and have all transactions completed through a federal firearms licensed agent.

The resolution states that “there is no empirical evidence to support the assertion that these laws will prevent violent crime while there is clear evidence that they represent a great infringement on the rights and security of law-abiding citizens as guaranteed in both the Second and the 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

“It puts a burden on everyone,” said Todd Wheeler, of the Sheriff’s Office.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or

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