A group of Colorado sheriffs is pushing forward in their challenge to gun laws passed three years ago by a Democrat-controlled legislature and governor that the sheriffs believe to be both unenforceable and unconstitutional.
A group of sheriffs from different Colorado counties are moving forward with their fight to repeal stricter state gun laws put in place three years ago.
Those laws limit the capacity of ammunition magazines and expand background checks on gun purchases in Colorado.
Sheriffs like Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario say they are committed to fighting to protect what they say is citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
Dozens of current and former sheriffs gathered in Denver on Monday along with gun rights groups at the Byron White Courthouse. Many of those individuals are named in a lawsuit which challenges Colorado’s new laws.
Many of the sheriffs say the gun laws in question are unenforceable. One example, they say, of a violation that is nearly impossible to enforce is when someone lends a gun to a friend.
A district court previously rejected the sheriffs’ claims but they appealed the case to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“If we stop there then look at all the decisions that were ultimately decided in the Supreme Court that would’ve never been decided and what’s in the best interests of this country, so we want to make sure that we have the opportunity for the full process — the full justice system — to hear out our claims and our opinion and our side of this,” Vallerio said.
Like a smattering of other gun laws reflexively rushed through in the wake of Sandy Hook, the Colorado laws were a “we must do something,” knee-jerk reaction to a single horrible even that will not prevent similar horrible events, and instead only impacted law-abiding citizens.
Lower courts filled with left-leaning judges have upheld most of these laws so far, despite their clear infringements on the rights of Americans to own the kind of arms and accouterments that the Founding Fathers would recognize as being particularly integral to a contemporary unorganized militia.
It will be interesting if these cases rise to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the court decides to hear the cases.