What if law enforcement refused to give speeding tickets, defied the law, because there was no way to stop drivers from going too fast?
Greeley Tribune: Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he won’t enforce either gun-control measure waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, saying the laws are “unenforceable” and would “give a false sense of security.”
That’s the argument being made right now by a Colorado sheriff over new gun regulations. But what would happen if law enforcement decided to do this time and time again over almost anything they didn't like. In Milwaukee, Sheriff David Clarke is acting out his conservative disobedience in public. He even cut back on security for President Obama to make a point about staffing.
We’re slipping into chaos, and watching in slow motion the disintegration of our representative democracy where laws are voluntary now.
One bill passed Friday would expand requirements to have background checks for firearm purchases. Colorado lawmakers approved a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. It also is awaiting the expected approval of the governor. Cooke said the bill requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun would not keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence.
“Criminals are still going to get their guns,” he said. “They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” he said.
Cooke said he, like other county sheriffs, “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it will be impossible for them to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. He said he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.
“Are we going to stop all criminals from getting guns? No,” said Democratic Rep. Beth McCann, a sponsor of the background checks bill. “But are we are going to put a barrier there, make it more difficult for them? Yes.”
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