Colorado sheriffs push back against calls for more gun control

Thursday, April 4, 2013
By Paul Martin
April 04, 2013

With President Obama’s visit to Colorado to rally support for gun control measures, some of the state’s sheriffs are speaking out against more restrictions.

More than a dozen sheriffs held a press conference Wednesday in a Denver park near where the president met with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the gun control package recently signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Justin Smith of Larimer County was among sheriffs who gathered in advance of Obama’s visit. He and other sheriffs are slamming new regulations on firearms as unconstitutional.

Smith dismissed Obama’s visit as “a slap in the face to all Coloradans.”

He told The Denver Post that multiple Denver police officers told him they had no choice in attending Wednesday’s event with the president, suggesting that there would be repercussions for attending the protest.

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