In Colorado’s gun-law debate, one sheriff is willing to go to jail while another rants on a reporter

In Colorado’s gun-law debate, one sheriff is willing to go to jail while another rants on a reporter

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Photo by Kurt Bauschardt for Creative Commons on Flickr “We called all 64 Colorado counties for this story,” said CNN national correspondent Scott McLean, who is based in Denver, about his national network piece on an issue beginning to boil over in conservative politics. At issue is a “red-flag” law Democrats in the legislature are asking the new Democratic governor to sign. CNN’s provocative headline , “This Colorado sheriff is willing to go to jail rather than enforce a proposed gun law,” is about Weld County’s Republican top lawman. CNN’s calls to local officials across the state found “more than half of Colorado’s 64 counties officially oppose the bill. Many have even declared themselves Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ counties in protest.” It was only a matter of time until this sparked national interest. The storyline is irresistible: A state bloodied by gun violence that just went full-on politically blue looks to pass a law that could lead to gun confiscation by allowing law enforcement, family, or a member of a household to petition a court to do so , riling conservative resentment while underscoring a rural-urban divide. All in the lead-up to the 20-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings. You have law enforcement officers talking about not obeying laws; one of the bill’s backers is the dad of an Aurora theater shooting victim; Republicans, including the party’s newly elected leader , are using the R-word— recalls — lighting a fuse that stretches back to a political powder keg of 2013 […]

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