Sheriff on gun law: I'll go to jail to protect the Constitution

Sheriff on gun law: I’ll go to jail to protect the Constitution

Gun Rights

When I began my career in law enforcement 22 years ago, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state of Colorado. As a young sheriff’s deputy, I interpreted that oath as something that gave me the power to enforce the law. Little did I know how wrong I was. Over the years, I was fortunate to work for, and with, honorable people who helped me to understand that enforcing the law is a balancing act of ensuring the public’s safety but doing so within the confines of our founding documents — those two constitutions. In my years with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office , I have responded to thousands of calls for service and had the opportunity to understand that not every situation can be fixed by enforcement of the law or the creation of new laws. Most law enforcement officers, no matter their political beliefs, understand the oaths that they have sworn to uphold and believe in their role to protect the citizens of their communities. Law enforcement officers aren’t just blind enforcers of the law; they are problem-solvers first. Fortunately, I have been given the opportunity to repeat my oath to uphold the U.S. and state constitutions and laws of Colorado as the elected sheriff in 2015 and again at the beginning of 2019. Now, the Colorado Legislature has passed a “red flag” bill ( Colorado House Bill 19-1177 ) that has been sent to Gov. Jared […]

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