Colorado Sheriffs Protest New Gun Laws During Obama Visit

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | April 5, 2013 | 2:48 PM EDT

In the lead up to President Obama's gun control speech in Colorado Wedneday, a group of Colorado Sheriffs held a news conference to protest new gun laws.

According to FOX31, sheriffs of El Paso, Weld, Elbert and Mesa counties, among others, took part in the protest. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith labeled the President's visit a "victory lap" and a "slap in the face to all Coloradans."

"We are here to provide a voice to the millions of honest, law-abiding Coloradans who were ignored by their governor as well as by the majority party at the State House," said Sheriff Smith. The sheriffs have even gone so far as to say that the new gun laws in Colorado are "unenforceable." "We can't parse through what's legal and what's not" Sheriff Smith claimed.

It's heartening to see these sheriffs stand up for the rights of people they've sworn to protect. It's sad, however, to hear that they were ignored during the legislative rush to pass new onerous gun restrictions.

Aren't these the very people that should be heard when legislatures are debating new gun laws? After all, they're the ones who are going to be tasked with enforcing those laws.

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