Dems Accuse Sheriffs of Siding With Criminals

May 20, 2013
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

Fifty-five of the state’s 62 county sheriffs filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the gun-control measures

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.

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24 Responses to Dems Accuse Sheriffs of Siding With Criminals

  1. bob
    May 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm


  2. Robert
    May 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The criminals and the Marxist Morons are definitely in our state and federal governments. As far as John Morse is concerned, he was elected to represent Coloradans, not the Marxist Morons from NY State, namely Shit for Brains Schumer and Bloomberg. I thank the NRA for siding with us law-abiding citizens of Colorado against the likes of Morse, Giron, and Hudak…as well as Schumer, Bloomberg, Harry “the hemmoroid” Reid, and Nancy “the pig” Piglosi. Our government has declared war on the USA

    • hsabin
      May 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Robert – you hit it on the head! Excellent post!

  3. Tom
    May 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Thankful this story is getting some traction. I still can’t believe the audacity of the Democrats to use #Sheriffs4Criminals on twitter.


    • Dora
      May 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thank You Gretchen White! Now REALLY!! Did the dem’s that used this twitter name even think to get the response of the PEOPLE!? Or they just thought that sounded ‘cUTe’! That’s about the way of it here in Colorado these days! Get with the Hickenlooper program or get trashed with cute? slogans! My Word I’m so embarressed! We already know that Colorado is the “MODEL STATE” for obamas agendas but we also have some reps that wear girl panties & just want to appease obama for their own selfish reasons! We have Salazar that says “if you fill that you are about to be raped just blow your whistle” & that other idiot that thinks we should not allow whites to vote & a bunch of stupid kids that will never amount to anything because “POT IS LEGAL!” Sheriffs4Criminals!? Watch out Hickenloophead, 2014 is right around the corner & Tom is gonna getcha!! As far as Sheriffs, WE ARE BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY!!!!

  4. Jackson
    May 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Typical Nazi tactics. Isolate, marginalize, demonize. It worked for Hitler against the Jews. I hope it does not work for the Nazi Democrats against the sheriffs. I applaud and respect the sheriffs for filing the lawsuit.

    • hsabin
      May 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      ME TOO!! Our sheriffs ought to arrest all the damn Democrats in Colorado except ONE – Ed Vigil who voted against ALL the anti gun bills!

  5. Kurt
    May 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Instead of punishing the guns… about punishing the idiots who are already possessing the guns illegally (laws already on the books) and QUIT violating the Constitution of these United States!

    • Tueful Hunden
      May 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Great point Kurt, and the next time a criminal decides to break a myriad of laws; I’m sure they will make certain that they have a compliant magazine and get that background check when selling that stolen gun.

  6. jose
    May 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Sadly they are going the way of California where “Gun Free Zones” see very high homicide rates such as Oakland for example and it is getting worse.

  7. rlloyd
    May 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    The Democrats are groping for straws now, not to mention they sound desparate. They are not as enthusiatic as they were weeks ago when they were drunk with power, now the party is over and they face re-elections adn re-calls for some. Breaks my heart to see this.

  8. May 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

    great find, Valerie

  9. May 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Actually, Dems – the Sheriffs are on the RIGHT side of the law)

    “An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” Norton v. Shelby County – 118 U.S. 425 (1886)

    Perhaps another hashtag is appropriate: #COsenateDemsRcriminals

  10. Ken
    May 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The Dems are definitely on the defensive and feeling the heat. It is no surprise that they would be irresponsible enough to make a statement like “hashtag: #Sheriffs4Criminals”. Just check out what they are saying about the local individuals that are collecting recall petition signatures! We are all forgers, sex offenders, and criminals of some sort or other. While it is offensive that they say these things, the thing to take away is these are acts of desperation. No meaningful fight from them!!!!!!!

  11. Rainer
    May 21, 2013 at 8:11 am

    If, and I say if the Sheriffs would be siding with the criminals they would be siding with the Democrats! It is them who violated the constitution after all.
    The Sheriffs are the ones who enforce the law and not like the Democrats break the law. Read the constitution Democrats, read it please!

  12. May 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    dems…just how many of these criminals actually have registered guns anyway. Anyone who registers their guns now are law abiding citizens without all the bells and whistles you want to add…get real and come out of your cloud…thank you Sheriffs for sticking up for…we the people…

  13. John
    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    My daughter was a witness in a gang murder trial here in Colorado as a person who drove by a scene just before a murder was committed in a drug gang turf war related incident. The mag capacity law will only affect my family negatively by making me less able to defend my family, the gangs don’t give the law even a second’s thought.
    Since my daughter testified, my wife and I have bought home defense equipment and have trained hundreds of hours together with a trainer who trains personal protection details and SWAT teams. This is more hours and more in depth than most law enforcement people train.
    I agree with the Sheriff’s thoughts on the impossibility of enforcing these laws and I have concerns about the where this legal path will take us as a state. Is there move towards a system where there are only an “elite” group who will have firearms (law enforcement) and another “elite” group who controls them (politicians)? Where do you think that will lead us as a nation? What will we sacrifice to “feel” safe?

  14. js_biggs
    May 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    If the sheriffs were siding with the criminals, they would be siding with the Democrats.

  15. Lindsey
    May 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thank you sheriffs for sticking up for our rights and keeping your oath. It should be 62/62 though, that are in the law suit. It makes you wonder what the other 7 are thinking. Like they say in the article, county sheriffs are elected by voters. They are doing what they said they would do. Democrats are just digging themselves in deeper and deeper. Soon enough the walls will collapse.

  16. JAG
    May 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Every Democrat should be air dropped into Russia.

  17. Don
    May 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    If the sheriffs were coddling criminals they would be rubbing shoulders with most of the Colorado congress democrats.

  18. May 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

    The Democrats signing this bill into effect and squandering debatable hours and unnecessary money on a bill that will not deter criminals or reduce crime rates is in fact criminal in its’ signing. The Democrats then are the direct cause of CO company bail out, unemployment and uncertainty. I think the Sheriffs actions are noble and that Hickenlooper was wrong on this measure. The lawsuit is a substantial act that demonstrates the motto “to Protect and Serve” at its’ highest principle. I have no doubt that former AZ Sheriff Richard I. Mack would support the CO Sheriffs. His fight for Second Amendment Rights led him to the U.S. Supreme Court and he walked out a winner.

  19. John Hanig
    May 22, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I guess this means Colorado Democrats won’t be bothering their sheriffs by calling for help when their doors are being kicked in. Better stock up on the KY, if you know what I mean. The world can be a very harsh place when you have no way to defend yourself and you’ve chosen to accuse the very ones you’d call to protect you.

    I have nothing but contempt for the Democratic politicians of this country. You have to wonder if they’re not just getting us back for picking them last for every team when growing up.

  20. charles
    May 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    congress, government are the criminals too the people they do not respect their oath to the constitution swore too the poeple impeach and recall all democrats that want gun control bill H.R 11654 year of 1902 forbids government too make eny law for gun control as well the constitution y the 2nd amendment


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