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By AWR Hawkins

Weld County, Colorado Sheriff John Cooke

Weld County, Colorado Sheriff John Cooke

AmmoLand Gun News

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Washington DC - -(  When Colorado Democrats were pushing a gun control package that contained a “high capacity” magazine ban in March 2013, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said his department would not enforce the measure if it were implemented.

It was implemented, and instead of enforcing it he took part in a lawsuit against it.

On June 26, 2014, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger upheld the “high capacity” magazine ban, and Sheriff Cooke responded by saying the law is “unenforceable” and the court’s ruling did “nothing to change [his] opinion” about that.

On July 1 Breitbart News was able to talk to Sheriff Cooke, and we asked him where things stand now that the District Judge handed down her ruling and where things go from here.

He said:

What I’ve told people around here – and wherever people come up to me and say, “I can’t believe that ruling,” or “At least you tried” – what I say is, “Wait a minute. This is a fight. This is ten rounds, and we just got knocked down in the first round, and we got back up, and we’re going to continue the fight. We’re not giving up, and we’re not going to stop.”

We are going to file an appeal. We have until July 25 to file our notice of appeal, and our attorneys are already working on it.

As I’ve said before, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) weren’t settled in district court. They both lost their first rounds and had to take it to the Supreme Court to overturn the DC ban and the Chicago gun law.

Sheriff Cooke added that the most important thing citizens can do going forward is to be sure Republicans win the Colorado Senate, House, and governor’s race in November.

He said, “We wouldn’t even be in federal court if we did a better job of electing people down at the capital.”

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  • 5 User comments to “CO Sheriff Says Gun Control Fight in His State Nowhere Near Over, Appeal on the Way”

    1. Janek on July 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM said:

      It’s really refreshing to see someone in public office, who is part of the ‘system’, take a stand against something they see is wrong in the ‘system’. This brave man is risking his career and future by taking on these anti-gun zealots. A true Patriot!

    2. The Sheriffs Dept’s around CO should also think about becoming politicians in that state. The Gov.and all the other gungrabbing,liberal tyrannists in that state need to realize that Unconstitutional,arbitrary,knee jerk, feel good type laws don’t mean anthing and will not be enforced because they are Unconstitutional ! Legitimate laws have to be Constitutional or they are totally irrelevant,..period ! I salute the Sheriffs in Colorado for taking their oath of office as the most important aspect/decision of their lives ! III

    3. John Carr on July 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM said:

      Way to go Sheriff. Keep up the good fight. It’s not over until the fat lady sings.

    4. Give their drivers speeding, parking tickets , impound illegally parked vehicles that the governor uses.

    5. Richard on July 4, 2014 at 12:27 AM said:

      It looks like some of the best elected officials Colorado has include Sheriff Cook and other law enforcement officials. Maybe some of them ought to run for the state legislature or the governor’s office in the next elections.

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