DENVER–It’s not every day that Colorado’s county sheriffs are accused of supporting criminals, but that’s what happened Friday after 55 sheriffs filed a lawsuit against two new gun-control laws.
The Colorado Senate Democrats issued a message on Twitter saying, “2day CO sheriffs stood in opposition of CO’s new gun laws, but not w/law-abiding citizens, but with criminals.”
The Democrats also created a Twitter hashtag: #Sheriffs4Criminals.
So far the only other message on the hashtag comes from Gretchen White of Colorado, who says: “Um, #Sheriffs4Criminals for real? Are you 17 years old? Did this acct. get hacked? Be more wise with your words.”
Fifty-five of the state’s 62 county sheriffs filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging two gun-control bills signed in March by Gov. John Hickenlooper: House Bill 1224, which restricts ammunition-magazine capacity to 15 rounds, and House Bill 1229, which requires background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, including temporary transfers.
The measures, which passed with no Republican votes, are scheduled to take effect July 1.
In addition to the sheriffs, the lawsuit was filed by Magpul Industries, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Colorado State Shooting Association, the Colorado Outfitters Association, Colorado Youth Outdoors, Women for Concealed Carry, the Colorado Farm Bureau, and Outdoor Buddies, a charity for the disabled.
Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, which has established a legal-defense fund for the lawsuit, pointed out that some of the sheriffs signing onto the lawsuit are Democrats. Unlike municipal police chiefs, who are typically appointed, county sheriffs are elected by voters.
The Democratic sheriffs include Jim Crone of Morgan County, Jim Casias of Las Animas County and Jerry Martin of Dolores County.
“I guess Democratic sheriffs back criminals too, since both Republicans and Democrats are plaintiffs,” said Caldara.