Sheriffs Seek to Undercut Obama’s ‘Victory Dance’ in Colorado

April 2, 2013

Gun-rights advocates have accused the White House and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg of orchestrating the state legislature’s push for gun control

DENVER–There may be a few party-crashers when President Obama arrives Wednesday to celebrate Colorado’s newly approved gun-control laws.

Sixteen Colorado county sheriffs announced Tuesday they would hold a press conference shortly before the president’s visit to “share their perspective on Colorado’s restrictive gun laws and President Obama’s advocacy visit to the state.”

The sheriffs’ event is slated for 1 p.m. at Thomas (Fred N.) Memorial Park in Denver, “conveniently located within one mile” of the president’s appearance later that afternoon at the Denver Police Academy, according to the statement.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith offered a glimpse of the sheriffs’ perspective at a forum Tuesday at which he blamed the gun-control agenda in part on national political figures and described the presidential visit to Colorado as a “victory dance.”

Gun-rights advocates have accused the White House and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg of orchestrating the state legislature’s push for gun control. The three bills passed the Democrat-controlled legislature without a single Republican vote.

“In my opinion, there were marching orders from Bloomberg and from the president, ‘Get this done. We want to own some ground in Colorado,’” said Mr. Smith at a panel on gun control sponsored by the Denver Post. “They’ve done it. The president’s planning to come here and do, I think, a little bit of a victory dance tomorrow that, ‘We got this passed in Colorado.’”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Colorado Democrat, drew laughs when he chided the sheriff. “We were having a pretty good discussion until you wanted to jump in on the president,” said Mr. Perlmutter.

Mr. Smith rebuked state Democrats for failing to include the Colorado sheriffs in discussions prior to the introduction of the legislation, saying they were “shut out” as a result of political pressure to push through the bills as quickly as possible.

“It really was at the state level a rush to legislate,” said Mr. Smith. “And I believe they wanted to do it because they knew that emotions and public sentiment would move back to more of a center and they had to get it done before that.”

Mr. Obama is slated to meet with local law enforcement and community leaders as well as deliver remarks on Colorado’s newly approved gun-control laws.

The two events reveal a divide on gun-control within the state’s law-enforcement community. The County Sheriffs of Colorado opposed the bills, while the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police supported them.

Another difference is that sheriffs tend to be more politically independent. County sheriffs are elected directly by the voters and usually cover larger, more rural areas, while police chiefs oversee municipalities and are typically appointed by elected city leaders.

The bills, which go into effect July 1, would limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, including magazines that can be readily converted to hold more than 15 rounds; mandate universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers, and require gun owners to pay for their background checks.

Several county sheriffs have announced that they will not enforce the magazine limit, calling it unenforceable. Sheriffs have said it will be impossible to figure out who owned magazines exceeding 15 rounds before July 1 and who purchased them afterward.

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46 Responses to Sheriffs Seek to Undercut Obama’s ‘Victory Dance’ in Colorado

  1. GrizzledVeteran
    April 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Sheriff Smith, I have your back! The ultimate conclusion of gun control – EVERY TIME – has been tyranny and genocide.

    I am a Patriot. I believe in the Constitution as it was written, and the manner in which it limited the power of the Federal Government. The government we have today bears no resemblance to what the Founders envisioned. It now falls on the Baby Boomer generation to reclaim our legacy.

    I will NOT register my weapons!

    I will NOT surrender my weapons!



    • keith
      April 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

      no offense Grizzledveteran (and thank you for your service by the way)
      but it is the babyboomer generation that caused us to head down this path of destruction,and now that they are in their oldest years, it is up to my generation to fix their mistakes for my children!

      • concerned
        April 3, 2013 at 11:30 am


        My father is apart of the baby boomers and he is in no way old. Nor is he too old to fix the problems of this nation. The same is true for the rest of the baby boomers. They are not so old and decrepit that they cannot get out and vote nor are they so old that they can’t advocate for truth. They also have the duty to share their experiences with us, so that we in turn don’t make the same mistakes. GrizzledVeteran, I salute you for your selfless service. And I stand with you. I will not comply. They can take my guns from my cold dead hands.

        • Charlene
          April 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

          I agree with Keith 100%

      • steve
        April 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm


        Being a “Boomer” it might surprise you to hear me say I agree with you. I’ve always felt that my generation, while being given so much opportunity and privilege has basically squandered it and in the process may have even contributed to the untimely demise of this great country. I just hope your generation hasn’t come along too late to undo the damage that the “boomers” have done.

  2. Jeremy
    April 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you Sheriff of Colorado, for standing up for Colorado citizens’ rights.

  3. Ron
    April 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    The Sheriffs are standing for our gun rights while Obama and the Colorado Democrats are trying to turn the people into criminals. It is just that simple.In the next election make sure to get all friends and family to vote Republican. If not we will lose more gun rights. Also join the NRA. The number is 1-877-NRA-2000.

    • B.R.
      April 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      It seems they are the criminals trying to make US into criminals. I say 1 million people backed by 10,000 sheriffs storm the Capitol and arrest every slimy traitor residing there! How about it, sheriffs of the Republic?

      • Jimmy Cleveland
        April 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        It’s high time the truth came out about Obama’s real history…he has crossed every crooked, lying path he can from fast and furious to Libya and by-posted congress to much. Impeachment is way past overdue. The whole bunch of NWO democrats are doing their best to not uphold the constitution and very one of these rats need removed for office because America is not at their best interests. Just demand the re-opening of 9/11 and let truth, justice and judgement have due course and watch the problems we face start to go away for us and also the world. The navy JAG are the consitutional lawyers we need to use and they need to start defend American citizens from enemy’s within…we pay their wages and it’s time they earn them.

  4. Jack Hilbert
    April 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Colorado has been effectively Cali-fornicated and now SOLD to New York City!

    • Greg Johnson
      April 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

      That is why everyone (except urban dwellers) is moving to Montana or Wyoming.

  5. Charlie
    April 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    While he is there, why not arrest him along with every politician that voted for, made any suggestions about, or backed any LAW about GUNS? The ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION is very clear as to INFRINGEMENT!! TREASON is a CRIME and the LAW is very clear that any citizen can make an arrest if an official of any kind violates that Constitution! Do your job!!

  6. dave
    April 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Hickenlooper is don’t nothing but trying to land a job in Washington by kissing some behind!!! He is an embarrassment to Colorado and what it has always stood for!!

    • Doloris Dunn
      April 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Yes, Hickenlooper is a prostute for Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and now for Evan Ebels’ father! SHAME, SHAME HICK!

  7. Ken
    April 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It is Sheriff Smith, not Mr.. Be correct when referring to Sheriff Smith.

    • RT
      June 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Having served in the Corps and many years in law enforcement, it never ceases to amaze me that gun control advocates believe that another law removing the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves will suddenly cause the bad guys and mental cases to throw down their guns and we all will be safer. How’s the GUN FREE ZONES working out for you?! Believe me, if they weren’t fearful for their appointed jobs, most of the Chiefs of Police would be standing with the courageous Sheriffs.

  8. Bob McKone
    April 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Way to go Sheriffs !!!! That Idiot should be IMPEACHED !!!!!! he is NOT MY President !!!!And he should be arrested for Treason !!! I thought that a Sheriff had the power to override any political figure and kick them out of their county !!! I would love to see you do that to this IDIOT !!!! GOD Bless you all for your service and dedication !!! Keep on keepin on !!!! :)

  9. Scott Schoemann
    April 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Also of note and ignored by all, the politicians who have voted for these bans Can be arrested and charged for mass civil rights violations. It is UNLAWFUL to violate the Constitutional Rights of a US Citizen. If Sheriffs nation wide would start flooding the courts with these cases action would be taken

  10. hsabin
    April 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Obama is protected by THREE teams of gun carrying secret serve and he wants Coloradoans unprotected. I hope this state wakes up!

  11. Matt Wolf
    April 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Our sheriffs are correct. This legislation will do nothing more than irritate law abiding citizens, not to mention what it will do for the 200-600 people who will lose their jobs (directly or indirectly via Magpul) and all of the lost monies with our out-of-state hunters, the outdoor channel, and the list will go on….And what will this magazine bill do? Not a damn thing. It will not save one persons life. If you want to do some “investigative reporting” look at all of the posts on Governor Hickenlooper’s facebook page. You will be lucky if you find ONE person on their that supported these idiot bills. Not one. This lack of respect that Hickenlooper decided to show his constituents is the main reason I, as well as several others i know, will be running for a house seat in the 2014 election. These bills were not what the people wanted and it is obvious. Just because we elecet someone to an office, that doesn’t mean that we put “blind faith” into EVERY decision they will make, and they didn’t listen to the people. You may ask how I know this….Look at the gun sales that have been spiked higher than ever before. Up to 2 weeks for a background check. That alone should have been evidence enough. How about the protests at the capital and the open forum where the public in support of the gun bills were allowed to speak….where were they???

    You reporters should be shamed for not fighting for these sheriffs, who defend us on a daily basis. These people along with ‘us’ in the military know what is best for our society when we are talking about safety and dealing with conflict. Not some pacifist who believes that criminals will abide by another law.

    • B.R.
      April 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Matt, I seriously don’t believe we can afford to wait until the 2014 elections. These criminals intend to finish their dirty work BEFORE we have a chance to change it at the ballot box. It’s arrest them all for treason or raise the white flag. See my comment above.

  12. Ralph Harrison
    April 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thank God for the Sheriffs! Maybe they can sequester and confiscate the Airplane at Buckley while the illigetimate Marxist Blowhard is adding a few more inches to his elitist nose by entertaining the gathering of New Age Insurgents from hell who hold temporary control of our once sane and stable State! The new battle cry soon to be heard border to border will be Recall! Replace! and Repeal! From Washington to the Colorado Legislature — and we will soon be underway! Get ready for a RAM, Udall, Bennet, HIckenlooper, Permutter, Polis, Soros Sewer People, and Gang of Four! Truth and Honesty will ultimately Return to Colorado and You will be gone!

    • Ken Dingman
      April 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Naw, Buckley [federal] is in Arapahoe County. Greyson Robinson is the sheriff here. It isn’t coincidence that he is silent on the issues. Takes big $ from the feds. He is in more of an alignment with FOB, NAPC than the state constitution. He has always been a political creature…….blows with the political winds….

  13. barry1817
    April 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    good for the sheriffs. Now what is the probablility that this news conference will be covered and broadcast to the American public

  14. April 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    There is a reason why Police Chiefs are for Gun Control. #1 They are all appointed by either the Mayor or the Governor. If the Governor wants them to do something they feel obligated to do it or they will lose there easy jobs. #2 Most Police Chiefs are in High Liberal crime areas. So they think hey if we take away guns crime will stop (idiots). Sheriff’s are against Gun Control for many reasons. Mainly because they know it does not work. They are elected and don’t have to worry about a Governor or Mayor firing them since we elect them.

  15. Michael Reed
    April 3, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Innocent people are going to die in Colorado as a result of this bad legislation. When the criminals in Colorado realize, as those in Chicago Illinois have, that there will be fewer guns for them to worry about, the death toll will rise accordingly as more citizens will be disarmed and unable to defend themselves.

  16. Steve Wiseman
    April 3, 2013 at 5:02 am

    When will these morons get it that this is against law abiding citizens and the jerks that commit the murders and out crimes are not going to abide by this. They could care less and just laugh at the new law and those that follow it. I guess it is correct “you can’t fix stupid”.

  17. Glen
    April 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    The Sheriffs of Colorado who oppose the new gun laws have a new problem: SB 13-013, which has passed both houses, will allow Secret Service agents the ability to arrest and detain citizens as well as “officials” who do not follow the US codes. Meaning Sheriffs who resist may end up being arrested by federal officeals. Look in to it…

  18. Mark
    April 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    This fight has been raging since the sixties. These ‘little victories’ may look small but remember the analogy used by revolutionaries, the Colorado River didn’t create the Grand Canyon overnight. Let me paraphrase Tom Clancy from Patriot Games; Revolutionaries only need to get lucky once.
    Remember, these people want tear down the Constitution. As Barack Obama once stated, the Constitution is a document of negative powers that stands in his way. The 2nd Amendment is the one part of the Constitution that provides protection for the rest. Once the revolutionaries have negated the 2nd Amendment, they have won the war.

  19. AJinCO
    April 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Not only is it WAY TO GO to these sheriffs, but also a huge WAKE-UP call to the rest of the state of Colorado! As so many folks have posted on one place or another, these bills which are voted on to become laws are doing NOTHING to help save lives — they are only irritations to law abiding citizens…

    Example: when the Newton, CT shooting happened, there was already an assault weapons ban on their books. Did that matter any? With the CO theater shooting, the guns were obtained in a lawful manner. Were they stolen? NO! These bills that get mentioned on making some type of gun control become a reality, do nothing other than follow a party’s agenda — NOT the country’s agenda. How many of these bill authors ever handled a gun? How many ever shot one? Yet, they are experts on this issue. Listen to owners, military and law enforcement officials. In other words, to those who know what they are talking about!

    There have been reports produced by the F.B.I. which indicate how the presence of lawful gun owning can and has lowered crime. If some one is going to do evil, they will do it with whatever they can find to use. Cain slew his brother, Abel with what – a club?

    In the meantime, companies like Magpul and others are leaving the state. They take the monies for local jobs, with them. There have been articles (that’s right, plural) written about how hunters who have been coming to Colorado for years, are NOT coming this year! So, remember that when you do one thing, it also effects other things. I’m sure these actions will effect re-election hopes, too.
    It is a real shame that alot of elected officials forgot that they swore to uphold (not burden and/or disobey) the Constitution of the United States, both foreign and domestic.

    As mentioned above, it’ll be interesting if this action geta any PR, with Obama coming to town a short time after this rally.

  20. Lloyd VanLanen
    April 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    We could use a few of these guys in Connecticut, today our Second Amendment Rights are going to be stripped away from us….God Save us all!

    • rlloyd
      April 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      I understand that. I would never live in New England/Northeastern USA; too many people there against guns. The culture is full of liberals, and those who never been in harms way. I hope that all of the gun manufacturing leaves the Northeast states , and relocate out to western states. That might send a message to the Governors of those states, bucking for President (like Cuomo), or some other high-profile Federal position.

      • veteran
        April 6, 2013 at 8:00 am

        I live in south Dakota and we have got our welcoming matt out for these gun makers. South Dakota will not tolerate new gun legislation here because it is in our heritage of hunting. go here and check it out. This is our local news, and this story has been backed up from our states website

        By the way, South Dakota welcomes conservatives who support gun rights. we,in fact nullified from any federal confiscation measures and will arrest those who try to take them.
        Molone Labe!!

  21. April 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Does anyone note the “Adoring Americans” angle. It’s not quite the soft touch of a North Korean dictator, but there are similarities…

  22. Texan
    April 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Well, looks like we’ve lost Colorado now too….
    I stand with Sheriff Smith. I hear that Colorado is another one of obama’s Pinocchio moves as well.

  23. Ray
    April 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thank you Sheriffs for standing up and defending our Second Admendment. As you well know these laws will not prevent crime the criminals will still have guns. The honest law abiding citizens will be unprotected.Thank you again for all you do.

  24. April 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    We must defeat these criminal gun-grabbers at the polls — every one of you writing here MUST turn out to work for your Repub candidates in 2014 and rally everyone you know to do so too – or you will have nobody to blame but yourself when the libtards utterly destroy our state and our nation. This ONE election can turn the tide — let’s make sure that it does!

    • B.R.
      April 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Don’t wait for the election. DO IT NOW!!! RECALL THEIR SORRY BUTTS! And have someone ready to fill their spot.

  25. rlloyd
    April 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I concurr and support the Colorado Sheriffs and what they are doing.

    “Several county sheriffs have announced that they will not enforce the magazine limit, calling it unenforceable. Sheriffs have said it will be impossible to figure out who owned magazines exceeding 15 rounds before July 1 and who purchased them afterward.”

    What part of that do the people and politicians do not understand?? How does someone like Rhonda Fields with a criminal record(no surprise there) get into public office?

    All of these “feel-good” laws do nothing; not to mention that Diane DeGette is clueless about how magazines actually work, reloaded, adn are maintained.

    What a bunch of loser politicians.

  26. Ronald Mickelson
    April 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This country is going downhill. Lets make even the president right down Colorado’s Hickenlooper and all other individuals voting for these gun bills liable for any shootings where the individual has been cleared by background checks and laws set down . We do not need to be paying wages to these traiters of the American people.


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