Colorado sheriff plans to ignore new gun laws

Posted at: 03/25/2013 9:58 PM
Updated at: 03/25/2013 10:23 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Ask the Montezuma County sheriff about the new gun laws Colorado recently passed and you'll hear plenty.

"They pass a law just to make somebody think they're doing something that's going to help but these laws that they are passing are just not going to help,” said Dennis Spruell.

We talked to the Sheriff today about his stance on the new laws and he's joined with several other sheriffs in Colorado that say these laws can't be enforced.

"If you catch someone with a 30 round magazine they're just going to say 'I've had it since 1999 or 2000' and there's no way to disprove that unless they confess it."

After Colorado passed its new legislation, Spruell and other members of the County Sheriffs of Colorado Association drew up papers stating that the new laws violate constitutional rights.

We also talked to someone who owns a gun shop and he agrees that these laws are unenforceable.

"How would law enforcement or anyone else know that a neighbor sold his shotgun to a neighbor or that a father gave a 12-gauge shotgun to his son to shoot birds with," said Ken Banks.

Spruell said that, as sheriff, he has the discretion to choose what laws he wants to uphold. 

When we asked the sheriff if he’s had any backlash, he said he's had one negative complaint and several dozen positive remarks.