Sheriffs sue over new gun laws E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell thinks the new state gun laws passed in Colorado are ill-advised and unenforceable. And the law man is not at all shy about saying he has no plans to enforce them.

"They pass a law just to make somebody think they're doing something that's going to help but these laws that they are passing are just not going to help,” Sheriff Spruell told reporters recently.

“If you catch someone with a 30 round magazine they're just going to say 'I've had it since 1999 or 2000' and there's no way to disprove that unless they confess it,” says the Sheriff.

Immediately after Colorado passed its new gun legislation, Spruell and other members of the County Sheriffs of Colorado Association drew up papers stating that the new laws violate constitutional rights.

Gun owners and sellers agree with the Sheriff.

"How would law enforcement or anyone else know that a neighbor sold his shotgun to a neighbor or that a father gave a 12-gauge shotgun to his son to shoot birds with," said local gun store owner   

According to, Spruell said that he has the discretion to choose what laws he wants to uphold. That discretion apparently applies to local, state and federal laws.

Several law enforcement professionals and associations in Colorado are suing the state government on the grounds that the gun control measures are unconstitutional.

The lawsuit involves sheriffs from 54 of Colorado's 64 counties, most representing rural, gun-friendly areas of the state.

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