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Colorado sheriff says lawmakers holding up pay raises over gun stance
Fox News ^ | Mar 26, 2013 | Maxim Lott

Posted on 03/27/2013 5:55:18 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Colorado sheriff says lawmakers holding up pay raises over gun stance

By Maxim Lott

Published March 26, 2013


One of a handful of Colorado sheriffs who oppose several gun control bills working their way through the state legislature claims lawmakers are threatening the salaries of sheriffs to punish them for their position.

The clash comes as pro-gun control elected leaders seek tighter restrictions on firearms in the wake of the Aurora movie massacre last summer and the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, while saying he would be obliged to enforce new law, publicly said he would willfully ignore a ban on high-capacity magazines and may even sue to overturn new laws he deems unconstitutional. Now, he says a bill that would raise sheriffs' salaries is being held up at the Capitol and he knows why.

“Senate Dems have made it known, ‘Sheriffs, obey or no pay for you,’” Maketa said. “The first word that comes to my mind is extortion.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: banglist; democratcorruption; democrats; donttreadonme; govtabuse; guncontrol; liberalfascism; secondamendment; sheriffs; socialistdemocrats; statesrights; tyranny Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: KeyLargo


Colorado Sheriff Says Dems Are Using Salary Threats to Pressure Sheriffs to Support Gun Control Bills

Mar. 10, 2013 10:08am

2 posted on 03/27/2013 6:01:07 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Shame when you can’t control the police state you created.

3 posted on 03/27/2013 6:02:49 AM PDT by mindburglar (It must be noon, because I'm drunk somewhere.)
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To: mindburglar

forgot the s/

They forget that Sheriffs are elected too.

4 posted on 03/27/2013 6:05:03 AM PDT by mindburglar (It must be noon, because I'm drunk somewhere.)
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To: KeyLargo

Colorado is a goner, I’m afraid. The hippie/leftist/socialist/marxist/subhuman filth and illegals have slowly taken-over the local/state gov’ts, while we weren’t paying attention. It’s happened in a lot of states.

Passing a Nat’l AWB in US Congress almost doesn’t seem worth the effort anymore, since so many leftist/going leftist states are doing their own draconian versions, which are even worse than Swine-Slime’s AWB. Just an observation.

I’m in PA, and if we lose Corbett and GOP-controlled legislature, we’ll become another MD or NYS.

5 posted on 03/27/2013 6:05:08 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: mindburglar

Just pull all protective details from legislators and court rooms and see how they respond.

6 posted on 03/27/2013 6:13:34 AM PDT by 99tango
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To: KeyLargo
Two key law enforcement principals at risk here: duty to act and prosecutorial discretion. Currently, there is no duty to act. An officer of the law, witnessing a supposed crime, is under no legal obligation to act. Prosecutorial discretion allows an officer of the law to pursue a line of speeding vehicles, and select only one (the one he can immediately apprehend) for prosecution, while the others escape, and thereby, not weaken his court case against the one apprehended.

Bottom line for us: remove these principals from the control of law enforcement officers, as is being done in this case, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office goes from being an instrument of the Courts, to a bludgeon in the hands of the political class. Nobody will like the outcome. Not even the Colorado Dems.

7 posted on 03/27/2013 6:26:06 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: mindburglar

County Sheriffs of Colorado Position Paper on Possible Gun Control Legislation

The Second Amendment is not a guideline but rather a right.

Read at:

8 posted on 03/27/2013 6:35:50 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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"The Second Amendment is not a guideline but rather a right."

Just as important it's a right AND it is absolute and without limitations.

Yes we the people have the right to own machine guns and grenade launchers. Can we own a battleship? Yes we can.

9 posted on 03/27/2013 7:16:44 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: precisionshootist

Reported quietly today.

CBS poll reveals support for gun control plummets sharply
March 26, 2013

Reported quietly today.

Almost like they didn’t want you to see this story!

(CBS News) – Soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control bill, a new CBS News poll shows support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws kept as they are, and another 11 percent want them made less strict.

10 posted on 03/27/2013 7:24:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: mindburglar

don’t know where the commierado state police stand on this. could override sheriffs.

11 posted on 03/27/2013 9:39:45 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: KeyLargo
Gun control backlash in CO.

Sheriff Maketa releases statement regarding gun control stance

Historically, any citizen would be allowed to speak if they arrived at the Capitol early and signed up on testimony records. Although sign up sheets were in place and citizens including myself signed up, we were completely disregarded. Minutes after I signed up to testify, I learned a different process would be utilized and testimony was based on three categories: experts, preferred witnesses, and public witnesses. No explanation was provided to define expert or preferred witness. I was told this decision was made by the senate president and the chairperson of the hearing committee. Additionally, experts would have no time constraints and all others would be restricted to three minutes.

As I made my way out of the Capitol, I was shocked at the number of people who attended these hearings. It's estimated the number of people in attendance reached 1,000. I spoke to several and was told they just wanted their voice to be heard.

I am not sharing this because of the outcome of the hearings that day; rather I am sharing this because of the process implemented and the faces of all those citizens that were never permitted to participate in the process. Government is supposed to be by the people, for the people and on this day, they were crushed and kicked to the side. Special interest coalitions and hand picked experts with no relevant expertise trumped our citizens.

Shocking email: Dems threaten Colo. sheriffs’ salaries over gun control

Sheriff Terry Maketa to file charges against Colorado Democrat leadership

Colorado sheriff says new state gun laws won't be enforced

Recall effort begins; Petition aims to oust McLachlan (Anti-Gun Colorado Dem State Rep.)

The Basic Freedom Defense Fund Three recall efforts underway for Rep. McLachlan, Sen. Morse and Sen. Hudak.

Poll at the Denver Post on the proposed Magazine Ban.
Vast majority support repeal of mag ban.
Denver Post rigs poll. (read posts that follow that)

12 posted on 03/27/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: carriage_hill
Colorado is a goner, I’m afraid.

The whole country is a goner. The only thing to do now is push it off a cliff and have the dark pleasure of watching it blasted into a million pieces when it hits bottom. I no longer care. In fact I've moved from don't care to detest.

13 posted on 04/09/2013 9:33:47 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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