Justin Smith, Larimer County sheriff, says he won't enforce "unconstitutional" gun laws

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Justin Smith.
In recent days, President Barack Obama has proposed new gun control laws following the Sandy Hook shooting -- and Colorado lawmakers such as Representative Rhonda Fields are backing similar measures.

The trend clearly concerns Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, who's now announced that his office won't enforce gun laws he considers to be unconstitutional.

Smith posted a long essay entitled "Preserving our Constitutional Republic" on his Facebook page. In it, he declares that as sheriff, he will not "enforce unconstitutional federal laws...obey unconstitutional laws...allow others to violate the Constitutional Rights of those in my county."

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Justin Smith at a "polar plunge" event in a photo from his Facebook page.
Which recent proposals trouble Smith? For one, broader background checks in regard to firearm purchases -- a subject Fields's aforementioned bill is also meant to address at the state level. We've shared Smith's entire missive below, but here's an excerpt:
The only possible way to achieve "universal background checks" for private transactions of lawfully-owned firearms is to register every single firearm in existence in our nation. Otherwise, the federal government could never prove the transaction of a firearm. Anyone who fails to go through with such registration will be defined as a criminal by our federal government. That same government which has all too often has failed to enforce the current laws against criminal predators, will then start to discriminately target and prosecute law-abiding Americans who are simply exercising their Constitutionally recognized Right to keep and bear arms.
The response to this post, especially after it was shared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, has been swift and widely varied. Comments on a Coloradoan poll asking, "Do you agree with Sheriff Smith?" range from expressions of support like this one....
America will be far better off having local Sheriffs that live in the area they represent deciding what laws they'll enforce instead of every LEO just carrying out whatever orders they're given from the federal government with no questions asked.
...to passionate criticism exemplified by the following:
Sherriff Smith is now a self-made constitutional law attorney. He needs to get out of the business of deciding which laws he will enforce.
Smith seems to be enjoying the debate his manifesto has stirred. On a subsequent Facebook post, he notes that he's gained 150-plus followers since he shared his thoughts. He also includes two links to the Coloradoan survey, including one in which he encourages his new friends to weigh in, "so that the discussion isn't one-sided."

Continue to read Sheriff Smith's essay.


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salinger_0
salinger_0

Who knew we had a constitutional scholar for a sheriff in Larimer County? I completely missed his letters on DOMA, anti-abortion bills, and immigration. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 ***  Vegas policeman, wife, son dead in apparent murder-suicide ***

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said.

A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m.  and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the investigation. 

Yeah baby,  another "Law Abiding Gun Owner" ... right up to the moment he pulled the trigger!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm glad to see he respects the oath he took to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and in the White House.

Laurence Spoo
Laurence Spoo

I fully support our sheriff and any other sheriffs who oppose that tratior monkey in office .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The residents of Larimer county should be demanding his badge ! This isn't 1868 , where the 'Sheriff' IS THE LAW & all must succumb to his demands !

See  Patrick Sullivan as a perfect example of WHY me MUST NOT turn our back's on the likes of this 

'Dictator' in Ft Collins !!!!!

Laurence Spoo
Laurence Spoo

Ok he is for some of you morons , the sheriff is doing his job an oath to protect his people from tierney both foriegn and domestic,and enforce the laws set up by the constitution of the united states.Obama and his monkeys in Washington are trying take away our right to bare arms . Do your homework idiots assault weapons have been outlawed since 1986 during the Ragon yrs for those that can not count that is 37 yrs. What they want is our weapons in general which include hunting rifles,shotguns,and handguns . While that traitor and his monkeys including biden sale real assault rifles to the drug cartels, give amnisty to the illegals and tare this country apart from the inside

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

He should be sent to Washington to protect the constitution .. If you don't want people to have guns .." MOVE TO NORTH KOREA!'

Lenn Stout
Lenn Stout

It's pretty simple really, he should be fired

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The lying pig has no compunction about enforcing the most invasive and unconscionable laws, but he balks at modest measures to protect society from the dangerous instrumentality which makes our country one of ther most violent on Earth -- get rid of this scum now!

Qué Kcuts
Qué Kcuts

anyone of principle, if disagrees with the "rules" "laws" "parameters" his JOB lays down for him to follow (especially in the public sector), should be a man and step out of the position. a real man changes the system from within through convincing others to change it with him from within. To think his pathetic racist small minded viagra induced stance of "hard badass-ness" against the system is something noble and heroic is nothing more than the self delusion of being a big fish in a small pond - only this ilk of "County Sheriff" is more akin to a smaller fish than he believes he is, in a pond that's actually an ocean. For all his bluster, will never have the nuts to start the revolution he masturbates to every night. Agreed, get ready to join the unemployment line Boss Hog.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

If we compromise any of the gun laws we compromise it all .. They will take the guns than the pensions and SS .. Than the houses till your in a FEMA camp ... Than you'll be all like " I should have supported that sheriff "

Drew Fuelling
Drew Fuelling

Please tell us more Brad. I find your counter point to be very convincing.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

The Feds aren't god .. Maybe to loser types but not for me ... Down with the bloody big head

Michael Smock
Michael Smock

Because he independently can supersede our Constitutional process? The Supreme Court be damned?

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

If he doesn't want to enforce the laws of the land, he should have the integrity to resign. It is pretty simple.

Drew Fuelling
Drew Fuelling

Or have everyone carry an AR so his officers have to figure out which guy with a gun is the law breaking crazy.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

I support a these people stepping up against the Feds

Drew Fuelling
Drew Fuelling

Can I pick and choose what laws to obey? I have my own interpretation of what a Democracy is too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Laurence J. Spoo = brokeback monkey

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg  ... Pat Sullivan refused to enforce the Meth, Prostitution, Pederasty, and Child Rape laws against his tweaker butt-buddies.

Some things never change in Colorado's Redneck Repuglykan Counties.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Laurence J. Spoo"the sheriff is doing his job an oath to protect his people from tierney [sic] both foriegn [sic] and domestic ..."

Too bad he didn't protect you from illiteracy, eh numbnuts?


@Laurence J. Spoo "trying take away our right to bare [sic] arms"

LOL! ... you can bare your arms, along with your abject ignorance, anytime you desire.


@Laurence J. Spoo "during the Ragon [sic] yrs"

LOL! ... http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Ragon


@Laurence J. Spoo "While that traitor and his monkeys including biden sale [sic] real assault rifles to the drug cartels, give amnisty [sic] to the illegals and tare [sic] this country apart from the inside"

Well, many of those illegals have a better command of the English language than morons like you, so perhaps the U$ should begin deporting stupid people like you first, thereby improving the overall skill set of the domestic work force.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Brad Aerts Witless NRA dupe!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brad Aerts ... if you"re so infatuated with guns, move to Iraq or Afghanistan.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Lenn Stout ... it's an elected office.

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ashlee Crenshaw Spangler 

... most Gun Nuts claim to only obey the laws they agree with ... which makes them nothing but the armed criminals that they are.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Brad Aerts  

Please go on . I'm curious how many are convinced this will inevitably lead to full disarmament w/i our lifetimes  ?

SS is in dire straits & our Gov current solution includes promoting (ENFORCING), better health by reducing soft-drink sizes at 'Fast-Food Drive-Thrus'

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brad Aerts ... so you support the right of FELONS and PSYCHOPATHS to possess Firearms, eh?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Michael Smock ...and what if the Supreme Court hasn't ruled on it?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Michael Smock ... Gun Loons tend to be delusional egomaniacs

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Doug Hubka Got any idea what the highest law in the land is?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Philip Traum .... Boooooooo yaaaaaaaaaah !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brad Aerts ... typical arm-chair anarchist

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Philip Traum ... that's what the Marijuana Dispensary Dealers in Colorado do every day ... pick and choose which Federal Drug and Money Laundering laws they will ignore ... all for personal financial gain.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  I believe non-violent felony offenders should be able to reapply . If they have gone a period w/o any additional convictions, why not ? Ten or twenty years would be more than sufficient to support my point .

I am more apt to trust a non-violent ex-felon w/ a firearm than I am most police officers ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... so any Sheriff in the U$A can arbitrarily ignore and disregard ANY law they desire if "the Supreme Court hasn't ruled on it" in your Anarchist universe?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg

So why would YOU suborn such continuous condemnation of the individual by buying into the vindictive paradigm of denying ex-offenders their rights under the constitution once their sentence is complete?

Bare - adjective; without covering or clothing; 
naked; nude: bare breasts.

Bear - verb; to carry or possess: bear arms

HipTip: put down the bong and pick up a book, preferably a dictionary.



Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay Denying a non-violent/ex-felon the right to bare arms, clearly illustrates the state's continuous condemnation of the individual .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... if their offense is NON-VIOLENT, why should they be denied at all ?

Be specific, and show the reasons for your spineless supplication to those who would deny Constitutional Rights to others.

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