The impact of tighter restrictions on guns is being questioned as a number of sheriffs in states from Colorado to Florida refuse to enforce newly enacted regulations.
As the New York Times reports, local law enforcement in communities with large gun-owning populations have been reluctant to act on new gun laws, sometimes refusing outright to enforce new restrictions.
Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County, Colo., is one local figure who has defied his state’s new laws, calling the package of gun reforms passed earlier this year — and hailed as a major victory for gun control advocates — as “too vague” and a violation of the Second Amendment. He is joined in his opposition to new reforms by several sheriffs across the country who have also rejected new reforms.
More from the Times:
Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.