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Colorado sheriff says new state gun laws won't be enforced
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Posted on 03/17/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke won’t enforce new state gun measures expected to be signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, arguing the proposed firearms restrictions give a "false sense of security." Lawmakers in Colorado on Friday approved a landmark expansion of background checks on firearm purchases. Earlier in the week, Colorado lawmakers approved a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. Both measures are awaiting the expected approval of the governor. Cooke told GreeleyTribune.com that Democrats in the state legislature are uninformed and scrambling in response to the Aurora movie theater shooting and other recent tragedies. "They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable," he told the news outlet.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: awb; banglist; colorado; guncontrol; obama; secondamendment
The time is coming for people to choose sides. For the Constitution, or against it.
1 posted on 03/17/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Whats the state’s limit on abortions?


2 posted on 03/17/2013 1:36:29 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We have the nation we deserve.I predict FR will hate GOP Candidate for 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032...)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Governor Chickenpoper would not even talk to any the Sheriffs in Colorado. A rape victim was verbally attacked by representative in statehouse. Who do these state lawmakers think they are?


3 posted on 03/17/2013 1:37:49 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion
Who do these state lawmakers think they are?

They think they are High Priests of Pharaoh Obama.

4 posted on 03/17/2013 1:45:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

The sheriff may have to arrest himself.


5 posted on 03/17/2013 1:46:01 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: mountainlion

Governor Chickenpoper would not even talk to any the Sheriffs in Colorado. A rape victim was verbally attacked by representative in statehouse. Who do these state lawmakers think they are?


Typical “Progressive”, tyrannical bastards, that’s who.


6 posted on 03/17/2013 1:48:46 PM PDT by laplata
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To: Red in Blue PA

This creates an interesting situation. Here is the background.

1) At various points, the SCOTUS established that the US congress is superior to state legislatures, and that the federal courts are superior to state courts. However, they have *never* decided that the POTUS is superior to state governors. So when they come to loggerheads, the only way the POTUS can enforce his will is by sending in the Army.

The last time this happened was President Eisenhower against governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas, to forcibly integrate the Little Rock high school. Faubus called out the state guard, which Eisenhower trumped with the 101st Airborne Division.

2) I say this as background, because the SCOTUS has also *never* found that state governors are superior to county Sheriffs, who are the top legal authority in a county, and in common law, county Sheriffs are also the leader of the county militia.

3) Thus, a county Sheriff could ignore state and federal law to a great extent, by declaring that all “adult persons of good character” are part of the militia, for which they may be required (not enforced) to be armed. In effect, they are law enforcement officers. So if the state or federal government try to disarm them, they can only do so if they disarm *all* law enforcement personnel in the state.

The bottom line is though the legislature has outlawed certain weapons and magazines for “public” ownership, they cannot reasonably outlaw it for LEOs as well, or they would be helpless against criminals.


7 posted on 03/17/2013 1:50:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Libloather

LOL! Thanks, I really needed that.


8 posted on 03/17/2013 2:12:21 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sheriff Maketa releases statement regarding gun control stance

Historically, any citizen would be allowed to speak if they arrived at the Capitol early and signed up on testimony records. Although sign up sheets were in place and citizens including myself signed up, we were completely disregarded. Minutes after I signed up to testify, I learned a different process would be utilized and testimony was based on three categories: experts, preferred witnesses, and public witnesses. No explanation was provided to define expert or preferred witness. I was told this decision was made by the senate president and the chairperson of the hearing committee. Additionally, experts would have no time constraints and all others would be restricted to three minutes.

As I made my way out of the Capitol, I was shocked at the number of people who attended these hearings. It's estimated the number of people in attendance reached 1,000. I spoke to several and was told they just wanted their voice to be heard.

I am not sharing this because of the outcome of the hearings that day; rather I am sharing this because of the process implemented and the faces of all those citizens that were never permitted to participate in the process. Government is supposed to be by the people, for the people and on this day, they were crushed and kicked to the side. Special interest coalitions and hand picked experts with no relevant expertise trumped our citizens.

Shocking email: Dems threaten Colo. sheriffs’ salaries over gun control

Sheriff Terry Maketa to file charges against Colorado Democrat leadership

Recall effort begins; Petition aims to oust McLachlan (Anti-Gun Colorado Dem State Rep.)

coloradoaccountability.com Three recall efforts underway for Rep. McLachlan, Sen. Morse and Sen. Hudak.

Poll at the Denver Post on the proposed Magazine Ban.
Vast majority support repeal of mag ban.

There's going to be a reckoning!

9 posted on 03/17/2013 2:20:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

The sheriff and his boys need to round up the commie libs that passed this crap and deport them back to The People’s Republic of California where they belong.


10 posted on 03/17/2013 2:37:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: TigersEye
Special interest coalitions and hand picked experts with no relevant expertise trumped our citizens.

That hits the nail on the head. Experts without expertise. The fact that the wife of a certain man (Mark Kelley) was shot in the head, doesn't make him an expert in firearms policy. (Nor the Constitution, it might be added.)

11 posted on 03/17/2013 3:01:09 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

We need to start demanding some basic references from our representatives. In order to even get on a ballot they should have to a. have a background check, b. be drug and alcohol tested, c. take a reasonably rigorous exam on Constitutional knowledge and principles. They wouldn’t need to pass all of those tests just take them and have the results published.


12 posted on 03/17/2013 3:19:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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I forgot d. a mental health exam.


13 posted on 03/17/2013 3:29:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
This is a brilliant analysis. I’m too old for militia work; well, maybe as a chaplain though. But I’m always willing to help my county Sheriff, as he has helped me in the past.

Sheriff Maketa in El Paso County (Colorado Springs) has made similar statements regarding enforcement of these infringements. Many sheriffs have testified in our legislature against these so-called laws. Really it’s the City and County of Denver (plus some outliers like the municipality of Aurora) against the whole state. I won’t spend a dime in Denver, except for parking sometimes, and I pray daily that the governor’s pen runs dry.

14 posted on 03/17/2013 3:37:08 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Unknowing

Those too old to fight can do logistics, and those too old to do logistics can do planning and operations. Chaplains are good as well, because morale is the cornerstone to a successful plan.

Anyone with the patience to read Dupuy and Dupuy’s The Encyclopedia Of Military History from cover to cover, and learn from it, is a tangible military threat of a higher order. Followed with von Clausewitz’s On War and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, and you will know more than most US military flag officers.

Then given some young men to fight, and some middle aged men to carry out logistics, yours will be a very tough nut to crack.


15 posted on 03/17/2013 4:41:25 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: NoLibZone

The guy just needs to assert to the public that they are unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable by lawful law enforcement.

Making remarks about their effect is unnecessary and distracts from the key legal reason why he can’t enforce it. People have to know that reason behind his actions!


16 posted on 03/17/2013 6:15:38 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Red in Blue PA

“...The time is coming for people to choose sides. For the Constitution, or against it...”

Coming? It’s already here, brother.

An oath is forever. This is the “domestic” part of it.


17 posted on 03/17/2013 7:25:07 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

bump


18 posted on 03/17/2013 7:30:56 PM PDT by BikerTrash
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To: Red in Blue PA
I think the sheriffs need to put together a posse of patriots arrest these traitors and hang them on the grounds of the CO capitol building. Sic semper tyrannis [thus always to tyrants].
19 posted on 03/17/2013 7:42:52 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: mountainlion

“Who do these state lawmakers think they are?”

Your overlords. Now shut up and get back to work - they need their cut of your wages, slave!


20 posted on 03/17/2013 7:47:49 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Red in Blue PA.

G’night all.


21 posted on 03/17/2013 8:50:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
arguing the proposed firearms restrictions give a "false sense of security."

Not because they would be Unconstitutional, but because of feelings. Ok then......

22 posted on 03/18/2013 12:46:25 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: TigersEye

I would think a thorough colonoscopy would be in order as well...For incumbent democrats, they get two for the price of one...

Just thinking outside the box here...


23 posted on 03/18/2013 5:29:33 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Libloather
The sheriff may have to arrest himself.

A certain scene from Blazing Saddles comes to mind.

Democrats are the enemies of freedom-say it loud, say it proud, and say it to everyone. The Democrats are the enemy of America.

24 posted on 03/18/2013 5:50:04 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Resist We Much
25 posted on 03/18/2013 7:33:10 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Red in Blue PA

i’ll be helping sheriff cooke when he runs for reelection. what a patriot.


26 posted on 03/18/2013 10:42:34 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Red in Blue PA

Colorado governor to sign gun controls into law

Published March 19, 2013

| Associated Press

DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.

The measures proposed are some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and their passage comes after weeks of tense legislative battles. Republicans and gun rights supporters put up a major fight against the measures in this politically moderate state, while Democrats made them the centerpieces of a package of legislative proposals drafted in reaction to shooting rampages at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school last year.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/19/colorado-governor-to-sign-gun-controls-into-law/print#ixzz2NzTy7gbX


27 posted on 03/19/2013 6:12:16 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Red in Blue PA

But..but...but the law will be on the books for anyone who comes along in the future that wants to exercise POWER! Therein lies the danger to the Constitutional Freedoms that are rapidly dissolving before our eyes. Who would have thought as little as four years ago that such things could be happening? Obama and his Marxist allies...thats who!


28 posted on 03/19/2013 3:52:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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