Colo. sheriff: Rather go to jail than seize firearms

Colo. sheriff: Rather go to jail than seize firearms

Gun Rights

Sheriff Steve Reams courtesy of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Since the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., at least nine states have passed legislation allowing police to seize guns from people found to pose a significant danger to themselves or others. On Monday, Colorado looked poised to become the 10th. The Democratic-controlled legislature sent the bill to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill — inspired by the 2017 fatal shooting of a deputy — would allow police and family members to petition courts to temporarily seize guns from people deemed dangerous. The “red-flag law” is slated to go into effect in 2020. But not if “Second Amendment sanctuaries” can help it. In anticipation of the bill’s passage, half of the state’s 64 county governments passed resolutions indicating they do not wish to enforce the red-flag law, or will not “infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” as one county put it. One such sanctuary is Weld County, the state’s leading cattle raiser on the border of Wyoming and Nebraska. The sheriff Steve Reams has emerged as a voice opposing the red-flag law. In recent days, he could be found on CNN or Fox News, vowing that he would rather face jail time for contempt of court than comply with a court order to confiscate guns. In an interview Monday with the Washington Post , he insisted his opposition was not grounded in the […]

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