Many Sheriffs Are Refusing to Enforce New Gun-Control Laws


Colorado's package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass shootings in Aurora, Co., and Newtown, Ct., has been hailed as a victory by advocates of gun control. But the new laws – which mandate background checks for private gun transfers and outlaw magazines over 15 rounds – may prove nearly irrelevant across much of the state's rural regions, says the New York Times. Some sheriffs are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes. The resistance of sheriffs in Colorado is playing out in other states, raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown will have a muted effect in parts of the heartland, where gun ownership is common and grass-roots opposition to tighter restrictions is high.

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