Sheriff: Only courts can rule on gun control

The Associated Press /


Published Jan 23, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

DENVER — The Colorado sheriff whose county includes the movie theater where 12 people were shot and killed last year says law-enforcement officers have no right to ignore gun-control laws unless the courts rule them unconstitutional.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson issued a statement Wednesday criticizing police and sheriff’s officials who have said they would not enforce gun-control laws they consider unconstitutional.

Colorado’s Weld County Sheriff John Cooke has said he wouldn’t enforce any of Obama’s plan to address gun laws, and sheriffs in at least four Oregon counties said in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden they wouldn’t work with federal officials to enforce potential gun laws they consider unconstitutional.

Robinson said only courts — and not law-enforcement officers — have the authority to determine whether a law is unconstitutional.