Colorado Sheriff will not support gun ban

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by rglbegl, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. rglbegl

    rglbegl Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Dana point CA

    Cliffs notes:
    New law bans guns on college campus'.
    Sheriff will not book or jail anyone caught carrying a concealed weapon as long as they have a permit.

    Is he right?


    Should he do his job and uphold the law?
  2. I think he is upholding the law, no need to get into the constitutionality of the gun ban law that he doesn't want to uphold. Let the voters decide.

  3. JohnBrainard

    JohnBrainard New Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Gilbert, AZ
    I think it's great that he's willing to stand up for the student's rights to protect themselves on campus like that. The police department is supposed to enforce laws, not the rules of every organization in their jurisdiction.
  4. GoodOl'12gauge

    GoodOl'12gauge New Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Damn right, if a student or teacher had been armed at columbine oe virginia tech im sure they would have ended very quickly. Oh and to hell with Michael Moore and his movie on columbine, He is one of those people thats to be taken out of the gene pool. I think the sheriff is completly just. Just my 2 cents
  5. bamashooter

    bamashooter New Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    north alabama
    i agree, i think he is doing his job. more people should exercise thier rights, or they arent gonna be around.
  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It says you can carry. College rules say you can't. Whether that is a college rule, or a state law, it is unConstitutional. The sheriff is obeying the law.
  7. copenhagen

    copenhagen New Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    South Carolina
  8. rglbegl

    rglbegl Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Dana point CA
    Just to play the devils advocate;

    Under Colorado law, campuses do have the authority to implement weapons control policies

    So some people do have an argument saying the sheriff should uphold the law. And the law allows the school to to set their policies. Plus the campus police are a division of the local sheriffs department.
    So the school says the campus police must arrest anyone violating the policy, but the sheriff wont allow them to book the offender in to jail.

    Some people say that schools should be like court houses;
    Even a license holder is not allowed to carry their gun in a court house, despite what the constitution says
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010
  9. Courthouse shootings are rare but when they happen the 2 main targets seem to be the Judge, many who carry by the way, and the armed bailiff. Free fire zone almost as bad as the average church and school.

    That law doesn't make sense either. Just between you me and the neighbors dog I have as much right to defend myself as the Judge does. He is supposed to rule on the law, not be above the law.

    Can you guess that I am against that restriction too.
  10. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    A teacher in Littleton, CO. just tackled a shooter that injured two students with a rifle. He was the quick action type, apparently, and probably saved a lot of lives. Granted, there are not usually teachers on school campuses that have that kind of courage, but that's the third school shooting in a week and a half that I've heard of.
  11. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I don't know who some people are but a courthouse is a building that has metal detectors and armed guards, at least it my state. A campus is spread out with multiple buildings, and in more rural settings pathways through some wooded areas, living quarters, dining, etc. In city settings a campus could be spread out requiring students to traverse through neighborhoods. In short it is not possible to secure a campus like you can a courthouse without a tremendous investment in security that is just not feasible.
  12. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    A sticky wicket indeed.

    Are schools public property or private?
    There surely are private schools out there. Public schools?
    Yes, the public pays for them, but the government owns them.

    Time for a SCOTUS ruling it appears.
    This should be interesting.
  13. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Just something to think about. I know this is just stating the obvious for most of us here, but...think of all the public ( schools, banks, post offices, etc.). Who had the guns? Law abiding citizens? Or the murderer? (Sorry for the strong word, there. Just telling it like it is.) IMO, if the people who make the rules at these places want to ban carrying, then they are just opening a shooting gallery. With live targets. It's just so frustrating to hear about stupid laws/ rules being put in place in the name of "public safety". When are these people going to learn? "When they outlaw guns..." isn't just a saying on a bumper sticker. It is the truth!
    Sorry for that little bit of rant, but when I heard about this latest school shooting, I just about screamed.
    I could go on, but I think I'll stop now, or I'll end up typing several pages of ranting.
  14. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    That sheriff is standing his ground. Deserves credit for that.
  15. Kanonemeister

    Kanonemeister New Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Houston, TX USA
    My Personal stand: Concider this...if most responcible law-abiding citizens were armed, that would would deterr most crime immediately.

    In USA, The sheriff's job is to enforce the law, whether he agrees with it or not. This is the same if you serve as a Juror in a Criminal Trial...Ideally your job is to decide if the defendant has broken the Law. As a Juror, it is NOT your job to interpret the Law.

    Howerver, as with any Law Enforcement Official, he is the first Judge, Jury, and Executioner when he witnesses or is called to the scene of any criminal act and/or negligence. If he arrest and books any suspects for criminal acts and/or negligence, he has already determined the suspect is guilty. Additional Domestic Court of Law (not Military Court) proceedings from Indictment to handing down the Punishment are only follow-through with the Defendant or his/her Lawyer having an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and evidence, and introduce defence even to the point of the defendant taking the stand. In USA, Jurors are told to concider the defendant innocent until proven guilty. In the event that the defendant is convicted (found Guilty as Charged) then the Court agrees with the arresting Officer of the Law.

    All of this being said, a Law Enforcement Official also has the obligation to determine the future ramifications and expense of time, effort and/or money in the event he does or does not arrest someone for criminal acts and/or negligence. It boils down to this...if he went around arresting everyone who carried a weapon, would they be held responcible by the higher court, or would he be wasting his time (legal processess take a lot of time) and taxpayers (voters) dollars (it does cost to house and feed jailmates you know). This is still a country governed by the people for the people, or at least it is at election time every two or four years. If other officials allow him to continue and his constituents do not like what he is doing, they can elect someone else.

    Many other countries handle thier Law enforcement differrently, even in Democratic Nations. I'm glad I am in USA.
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