From the Greeley Tribune:
The Colorado Farm Bureau and a Weld County man representing disabled gun owners are among several plaintiffs who joined 54 Colorado county sheriffs on Friday in filing a federal civil rights lawsuit in an effort to block state gun laws.
The county sheriffs signed as plaintiffs along with 21 companies, groups and individuals. The civil suit filed in U.S. District Court on Friday morning names Gov. John Hickenlooper as the defendant. The lawsuit alleges that laws limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds and requiring background checks for sales and transfers of firearms violate constitutional rights.
David Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute and the attorney filing the lawsuit, said at a news conference announcing the case that the lawsuit could go on for years. In the meantime, the plaintiffs are considering asking for an emergency injunction against the laws, which would put them on hold until a ruling is made in the case.
Conspicuously absent from the list is our own Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer.
On January 31st this year, Sheriff Palmer In an opinion piece in the Mountain Mail stated:
“El Paso County commissioners recently passed a resolution pledging to oppose any efforts to enforce laws that, in their view, restrict their citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Weld County commissioners are considering a similar move. At least three Colorado county sheriffs have made public statements vowing to oppose any law or order that, again in their estimation, violates the US or Colorado constitutions. In response, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has said ‘they (county officials) don’t get to decide. The Supreme Court gets to decide the parameters of Second Amendment rights.’”
“I’m siding with our attorney general on this point, as have most of Colorado’s county sheriffs and elected officials. Our system of government, with checks and balances assured through separation of powers, has prevailed for more than two hundred years. An official has three options when faced with the prospect of enforcing any law that the official finds onerous: carry out the law as it stands, challenge it in court, or resign from his or her position.”
Based on this statement, we need to ask which of the three options has our Sheriff decided on? We know he has not joined the fifty-four (54) other Colorado Sheriffs challenging the law, he has not resigned, that only leaves him the option of carrying out the law as it stands.