In the wake of Sandy Hook, Colorado Democrats rushed through restrictive gun control legislation under pressure from Obama and anti-gun groups across the nation. In response, citizens of the state ended up recalling two of the legislators who were the most vocal about passing the laws, but the people weren’t alone.
Sheriffs across the state also spoke out in defiance of having their rights infringed upon and said they wouldn’t be enforcing the laws. They even went as far as filing a lawsuit against the state regarding the laws, which unfortunately were upheld recently by a federal judge.
However the sheriffs said that they’re not out of the fight yet, and have vowed to take it all of the way to the Supreme Court if they have to.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke called the laws “unconstitutional and unenforceable due to the way they are written,” according to WND.
The decision to uphold Colorado’s strict laws was made by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger. The case was brought to her courtroom by a majority of Colorado sheriffs, citizens, and Second Amendment groups who oppose the draconian measures.
According to Krieger, prior to 2008 the Second Amendment wasn’t recognized as an individual right and therefore the new laws didn’t place an unreasonable burden on those rights in Colorado. She also said that since law enforcement isn’t enforcing the laws as they’re written, there’s no threat to Coloradoan’s Second Amendment rights.
The sheriffs disagree, and said that because they weren’t allowed to testify in their official capacity they couldn’t demonstrate how the law limits the rights of Coloradoans who fear being prosecuted by overzealous district attorneys.
However even with their defeat, the sheriffs have vowed to continue their fight against these unjust laws. With any kind of luck, they’ll end up in front of a judge that recognizes what the language in the Second Amendment means and will be victorious in having the laws repealed.