54 Colorado Sheriffs to Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: FOAD

Actually, the lawmen don’t confine that sentiment to the good governor. It seems safe to say they feel an equal amount of love for the Centennial State’s rights abrogating legislature, too. And they’re expressing those sentiments in the only way left to them — by suing the bastards in federal court. “The sheriffs, in a complaint filed today in federal court in Denver, said the ammunition law bans most magazines of any size in an attempt to prohibit those that can be converted to hold more than 15 rounds. They also alleged that compliance with the background checks will be practically impossible.” Joining the 54 sheriffs challenging HB1224 (mag cap) and HB1229 (background checks) are individuals and orgs as diverse as the Colorado Farm Bureau, the NRA the NSSF and Magpul. And the plaintiffs appear to he in good hands with lead attorney Dave Kopel of the Independence Institute. The first battle with likely be a motion for a preliminary injunction against the laws. Watch this space.


  1. avatar Sean says:

    Hopefully we repeal these ridiculous laws here in CO, too bad we couldn’t do it before all those jobs were relocated though.

  2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Why waste the time in court, why dont these officials drag the suits out of the office and into the streets for a good ol’ tar and feather? These Sheriffs keep standing up for gun rights but we repeatedly see most LEO’s follow orders even if unconstitional.

    1. avatar Sivartius says:

      “We repeatedly see that most cops believe in due process and the rule of law.” There. Fixed.

      1. avatar Human Being says:

        It’s the point that by following some orders they are actually breaking the written law. They are literally carrying out rule of men rather than rule of law.

  3. avatar Bruce B. says:

    Looked up the number of counties in Colorado, just out of curiosity.


    So 54 out of 64. I’d say the nays have it!

  4. avatar Whatever says:

    There is also a disability argument in the complaint. Fighting fire with fire.

    Full here:


    1. avatar squarebob says:

      That was a great read

  5. avatar squarebob says:

    84% ain’t too shabby

  6. avatar DonS says:

    Glad to see that my Sheriff (Weaver) was there.

    1. avatar JimInCO says:

      Mine, too. Ted Mink of Jefferson County.

  7. avatar MN Matt says:

    I REALLY hope I can move out there soon. Maybe soon enough to cast a vote in the right direction of my own! It’s encouraging to see these men exercising common sense, for a change.

  8. avatar Bob Wall says:

    Mine too – Stan Hilkey, Mesa County. Not so strange NOT to see; City and County of Denver, People’s Republic of Boulder, JeffCo and Arapahell.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Yeah, I’m in Arapahell and not surprised that Robinson didn’t sign on. Still disappointed, though. Same with Mink in Jeffco.

      No surprise to see Denver not in there. The idiot mayor is a member of MAIG. And Boulder is, well Boulder. . .

    2. avatar Nazgul says:

      Jeffco and Arapahoe are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Mink and Robinson are on board. See link posted by “Whatever” listed on previous post. The plaintiff list is also on coloradopeakpolitics.com. Anyway, the Nazgul is pleased with this news.

  9. avatar Juliesa says:

    Wonderful. Perhaps Colorado isn’t lost after all. This is a great team they’ve gotten together to oppose the tyranny.

  10. avatar shawn says:

    It should be noted that both Democrat and Republican officers are working together on this.

  11. avatar jwm says:

    It should also be noted that the LEO’s are taking the lead in protecting gun rights in Colorado. Just saying.

    1. avatar Whatever says:

      Far from it. They are part of the fight, but they are far from the lead. They simply make a good plaintiff on this sailed ship. Voters determine all.

      The Sheriffs can win, fight, appeal every case from hear to the second coming, hopping on and off the slow boat judicial process, but bad laws can be written, passed, and signed in a liberal heartbeat in any harbor, in any weather.

      And P.S. LEOs are not your friend, on average.

    2. avatar Totenglocke says:

      It should be noted that County Sheriff’s are elected thus if they want to keep being re-elected they need to promote the crime / gun related views that their constituents support.

      Who knows, maybe these guys really do believe it, but we’ve all seen politicians lie time and again to keep their jobs.

  12. avatar Pulatso says:

    If S ever HTF, there are lawmen who will stand with people. Most of them will be sheriffs and deputies. I know in my burg, if my state inacted draconian firearms laws and seizures were taking place, my local PD (at least the brass) would march lockstep, whereas my local sheriff has already gone on record that he would not. Even though my state is as safe as one can be (only as safe as the current powerbloc makes it), I’m still vulnerable because I live in the city. And the city controls utilities.

  13. avatar Nazgul says:

    I hope Colorado will get rid of the progressives in the 2014 elections. However, I will not hold my breath.

  14. avatar Kirk says:

    This will not end well.

  15. avatar John C says:

    There is a blacklash coming 2014! I was surprised to see Sheriff Douglas Darr of Adams County on the list as he is a Democrat and term limited. I will call his office on Monday and thank him as a county resident.

    This is gun country I’m surprised the Dem’s were this STUPID! Going to be hell to pay in 2014. I also think Senate President John Morse of El Paso County will be recalled.

    1. avatar DonS says:

      “I was surprised to see Sheriff Douglas Darr of Adams County on the list”

      Especially given the (according to my brother who lives in Thornton) incredibly ridiculous scheduling the S.O. has for CHP applications. Tuesday and Thursday, 0800-1200, by appointment only. As of this writing, there are no available appointments in the next 3 months (the limit of their online scheduling system).

      When I applied for my CHP in Douglas County last year, I just showed up, waited about 15 minutes for the 2 people who were ahead of me, and, 14 days later, got a phone call telling my my permit was available for pickup.

  16. avatar Bean says:

    It maybe 84% of the counties but probably 20% of the population. The same problem we have with the blue states vs. the red states.

    1. avatar DonS says:

      Probably not.

      According to this Colorado .gov Excel spreadsheet… in 2011, Colorado had a population of 5,118,526. The 54 counties whose Sheriffs are plaintiffs in the lawsuit had a combined population of 3,862,445. That’s 75% of the population of the state.

  17. avatar benny says:

    There may be hope for colorado after all! This makes me happy after seeing the article on kalifornia.

  18. avatar RegicidalManiac says:

    Grand County’s sheriff actually makes it 55 now.

  19. avatar lance says:

    Hope it works and kill the mag ban keeping Magpul in CO. Overall this shows the difference between elected Sheriffs and fascist appointed Police Chiefs. See the will of the people there!

  20. avatar greaseyknight says:

    Best line ever “Courts are not supposed to re-write the law to say what the legislators meant to say, or if they had been competent” it very funny to watch the sheriff smiling at that statement…see minute 31

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