Colorado passed some of the nation’s strictest gun-control measures earlier this year, and 54 of the state’s 64 country sheriffs have joined onto a lawsuit that attempts to block them.
The suit, which is being led by the Independence Institute, challenges Colorado’s ban on magazines of more than 15 rounds and the requirement for background checks on all private gun sales.
“These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family,” Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said at a press conference on Friday. ”Instead these misguided, unconstitutional bills will have the opposite effect because they greatly restrict the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes.”
The sheriffs, who are elected in the state of Colorado, raised concerns about how the new laws infringe on Second Amendment rights, citing D.C. v. Heller, and questioned how they could be feasibly enforced.
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police has issued a statement voicing its support for the measures. The background-check requirement went into force immediately, while the magazine limit begins starting July 1.