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Sheriff Justin Smith Of Larimer County Colorado: “I Will Not Enforce Unconstitutional Federal Laws”

SHN Readers: I’m reposting this article – this time in its entirety – after changing the headline to lend even more support for Sheriff Justin Smith. His local Fort Collins Colorado Leftist rag known as ‘The Coloradoan‘ (another Gannett propaganda machine) apparently wants to enrage its sheeple enough to revolt against Sheriff Justin Smith (read comments: HERE). As witnessed before by SHN and its readers, Justin’s hometown ‘news’paper – the Coloradoan – aggressively removes ‘anti-Obama’ comments: HERE

That said, if you’ve ever wondered how you slam the door on Obama and his minions, your local sheriff is just the ticket – providing he’s a true American citizen and abides by the US Constitution.

Larimer Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce Gun Laws He Deems Unconstitutional

FORT COLLINS (9 News) – Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith announced Wednesday that he will not “enforce unconstitutional federal laws” in a social media message criticizing universal background checks on gun sales.

He denies he would selectively enforce the law, but mount a court challenge to any law that he considers an infringement on citizens’ constitutional rights. However, Smith’s original Facebook post did not reference lawsuits as a remedy.

In his Facebook post, Smith, a Republican, pointed to proposals that would require background checks on person-to-person gun sales as a potential violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The volume of the gun policy debate was elevated in the past six months by mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. President Barack Obama and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, both Democrats, have expressed support for background checks when guns are sold from one individual to another, which is not required under current state and federal law.

“There is no law, there’s a proposal,” Smith said when asked whether he would enforce such a law. “I’m pointing out the holes in it. Let’s see what happens.”

Smith posted on his Facebook page that in his capacity as sheriff he will not “enforce unconstitutional federal laws,” “obey unconstitutional laws” or allow the Constitutional rights of citizens in Larimer County to be violated. Smith contends that universal background checks on gun sales would likely violate citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

I encourage thinking citizens of all political affiliations, or no political affiliation, to carefully and logically follow the shell game that is occurring before their very eyes,” Smith wrote. “The only possible way to achieve ‘universal background checks’ for private transactions of lawfully-owned firearms is to register every single firearm in existence in our nation. Otherwise, the federal government could never prove the transaction of a firearm. Anyone who fails to go through with such registration will be defined as a criminal by our federal government. That same government which all too often has failed to enforce the current laws against criminal predators, will then start to discriminately target and prosecute law-abiding Americans who are simply exercising their Constitutionally recognized Right to keep and bear arms.”

Smith asserts in the Facebook post that the Colorado Constitution affords sheriffs the discretion to carry out their duties independent of legal directives handed down by other governmental bodies. Rather, Smith contends that sheriffs are accountable first to the citizens in the jurisdiction where they hold office.

“Colorado was established with the Constitutional Office of Sheriff,” he wrote. “Statutes define the specific duties of the Sheriff, but through tradition and law, it is clear, the Sheriff’s duties include the absolute obligation to protect the rights of the citizens of the county, and the Sheriff is accountable directly to those citizens. The Colorado Sheriff occupies this independent office which is not a subservient department of county, state or federal government.”

The governor and the chairman of the Larimer County Board of Commissioners view it differently.

“Last time I checked in my civics class, the only ones that could rule a law unconstitutional sit on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Commissioner Steve Johnson said. “There are lots of laws as a public official that I don’t like, but I don’t have the authority to declare a law unconstitutional.”

“I’m not saying I’m the one to determine constitutionality,” Smith said.

Hickenlooper’s spokesman, Eric Brown, said the governor expects sheriffs in Colorado to uphold all state laws.

Smith defended his Facebook post as a statement that merely aimed to answer a question constituents commonly ask – whether he would enforce an unconstitutional law.

“Let them read the whole thing and draw their own conclusions,” Smith said.


Destroyer-in-Chief visits Fort Collins, COHERE

Fort Collins transsexual demands access to girls’ bathrooms: HERE

Gay Jesus ‘artitist’ commissioned by Loveland, CO pastorHERE

History of the US Constitution: HERE

Gannett propaganda machine: HERE

Back in 1968, when Republicans were Republicans: HERE

Hat tip: Jim R

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4 Responses to Sheriff Justin Smith Of Larimer County Colorado: “I Will Not Enforce Unconstitutional Federal Laws”

  1. Jim Hlavac says:

    the gay thing has nothing to do with gun rights. Many gays insist on the 2nd Amendment as vociferously as you — I do not see you picking on heteros for doing stupid stuff, as heteros.

    not only that, you, and many others, are of course, not happy with the use of children around the president and all this nonsense about “protect the children.” — let me tell you sir, for 35 years, and unto this very day, I have listened to everyone and their gun-totin’ mother tell me how gays should be stomped upon in this country to “protect the children.”

    So, now, how does it feel to listen to endless crap? And now, you combine gay folks who are on your side — and have not one gun related issue that I know of — not even in your links — and this is about gun rights and the 2nd Amendment? Well, if this keeps up, perhaps I shall finally go out and buy the gun we think is my right to have. Right? Egad. .

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  3. george says:

    Question for Commissioner Steve Johnson: If a law were passed that suspended your First Amendment right to free speech one day a week, would you obey it until there could be a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the law? If your only exposure to the Constitution was back in your Civics class, you probably would answer “Yes!” You’re a sorry example for an elected public official who assumedly took an oath to support a document which to its contents you admit profound ignorance.

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