Colorado Sheriffs: Senate Dems. Threatening Pay Freezes Over Gun Control Opposition

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Instead of listening to the Colorado Sheriffs, the Democrats there are threatening to continue the pay freeze of the Sheriffs is they continue to resistance more gun control in their State. That’s because the Dems there don’t want to loose the bribes they are getting from the federal government. (which is the problem in all States-bribery) Also they have had threats by a major Colorado arms manufacturer, Magpul, to take hundreds of jobs out of state if the governor signs such laws. This also ignores a government study of the previous “assault weapons ban” saying it had NO effect.

Sheriffs in Colorado have accused Senate Democrats of threatening to withhold pay raises as payback for the law enforcers’ opposition to multiple draconian gun control bills currently making their way through the legislature.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa told a local radio talk show host this weekend that he had been notified by lobbying group The County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC), that “the Senate Dem leadership is very upset with the sheriffs and their opposition to the gun control bills.”

The group also allegedly told Maketa that unnamed members of the Democratic leadership in the Senate had threatened to delay a vote on a legislation that would see sheriffs’ salaries improved in Colorado.

Saying that he would take up the matter with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Sheriff Maketa said “What they’re saying is ‘you have really upset us… and it’s almost a coercion, extortion, blackmail or influence of a public official through pay.”

Maketa added that sheriffs in the State have had their pay frozen since 2006, and are entitled to a 10 percent increase.

With reference to the content of the gun control bills, Maketa noted that they amount to an attempt to ensure some residents would be forced to surrender their firearms and ammunition.

“Even prior to conviction for a crime, they are forcing citizens, before being proven guilty, to surrender their weapons,” he said.

Listen to Maketa’s comments below on 740 AM KVOR radio:

“I think it absolutely needs to be looked into,” Maketa noted, describing the alleged threat as “sheriffs obey or you will pay.”

“A line needs to be drawn between right from wrong and a legal approach versus an unlawful act on behalf of the leadership.” the Sheriff said.

In further comments on his Facebook page, Maketa wrote:

“This message insinuated that this could negatively affect the salary bill which has been delayed and put off by the Democrats with the excuse that they would expect bipartisan support.”

“I do believe the salary proposal is being held hostage and I believe that if they’re willing to send gun control measures without bipartisan support then they should be willing to take a stand as the majority leadership and follow a democrat-created [sic] commission’s recommendations.”

When asked about the allegations, CSOC president Fred McKee told the Denver Post that he had not heard anything about the matter.

In a statement issued Monday, Senate president John Morse denied the allegations were accurate:

“These allegations are not only false, they are ridiculous,” he wrote. “Sheriff Maketa is referencing an email from a member of the sheriff’s trade association, CSOC — a lobbying and political organization. He has provided no evidence that anyone in leadership actually said or emailed they were withholding a pay increase to get support on the gun safety bills.”

The Colorado Senate advanced five of the gun control bills for a final vote scheduled for today. Three of the bills have already passed the House.

As we have previously reported, County Sheriffs all over the country have been very outspoken with regards to State efforts to institute gun control legislation essentially passed down from the Federal level. Many sheriffs have declared such efforts to be unconstitutional and have vowed not to enforce any laws that encompass gun confiscation or infringements on the Second Amendment.

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Publius Huldah shows federal gun control is unlawful

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Here’s a speech and history lesson on gun control from my friend and retired Constitutional lawyer that lives here in Tennessee, Publius Huldah.

Smith & Wesson Launches “Protect 2nd Amendment Gun Rights From Attack” Action Page

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Holder defends Obama gun-control measures to state attorneys general

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As you read this, bear this in mind as to whether you can trust what Eric Holder is saying or not…Department of Justice Memo Uncovered calls for Gun Registration & then Confiscation

The nation’s top cop vehemently defended President Obama’s gun-control proposals to a room full of state attorneys general on Tuesday and said the measures would not infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners.

Attorney General Eric Holder laid out the executive actions Obama has taken to strengthen the country’s gun laws while vowing not to stop until tighter regulations are in place that will help prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 20 children and six adults in Connecticut last December.

“We will not rest until we’ve done everything in our power to prevent future tragedies like the one that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Holder at the annual National Association of Attorneys General conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.

The administration has been encouraging private gun sellers throughout the country to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that licensed firearm dealers have access to, according to Holder.

The Justice Department (DOJ) is also fine-tuning the federal database to make sure all the information contained within it is accurate, he said, while other agencies are finalizing regulations to increase access to mental-health services. The Centers for Disease Control has also jump started its research on gun violence again and administration officials are working with schools and houses of worship to develop better safety plans, Holder said.

“Contrary to what a few have said, all of these actions are consistent with the historical use of executive power,” the attorney general said.

“No one will infringe upon the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and gun owners,” he added. “And all are essential parts of any serious, comprehensive effort to combat gun violence — and to prevent dangerous people from acquiring, and wreaking havoc with, deadly weapons.”

Earlier this year Holder and Vice President Biden helped Obama put together a series of 23 gun-control proposals, while urging Congress to require background checks on private gun sales, limit the number of bullets a firearm’s magazine can hold and ban future sales of assault-style weapons.

Many of the proposals have a difficult road ahead, with Senate and House Republicans opposing measures they say would infringe on the personal liberties of Americans.

With such a broad range of gun-related regulations being proposed, gun-control supporters have begun to focus their attention on expanding the criminal background check system for firearm purchases.

On Tuesday, Holder urged the state attorneys general to encourage local and state law enforcement officers to use the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) — a central federal database of crime statistics with more than 11 million records, including a list of people who failed a background check under NICS — saying that “state records are the lifeblood of the system.”

assault rifle vs sporting rifle

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The media and the anti-gunners are trying to tell Americans that “assault weapons” need to be banned for public safety. The problem is, assault rifles were banned in 1986. What they want to ban now are semi-automatic sporting firearms. The firearms they want to ban account for less than 1% of the firearms used in crime. We need to stop this mindless attack on our Constitutional rights. ( A note here, I understand Australian gun-grabbers are now targeting one shot and bolt-action rifles, stating that it only takes “one bullet” to kill somebody. So this never stops folks!…..”shall not be infringed”)

 

Communist Party USA backs Obama gun grab, calls Second Amendment obsolete

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Calling the Second Amendment “obsolete,” the Communist Party USA announced through its publication that it supports Obama’s attempt to limit the right to keep and bear arms, Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit reported Thursday.

According to the People’s World, the CPUSA mouthpiece, “the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right” that it says supersedes what it called “any so-called personal gun rights allegedly contained in the Second Amendment.”

The article also bemoans the fact that the same people who support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are the same people who supported Mitt Romney.

“The Second Amendment is obsolete and now has been twisted to threaten the basic safety and security of all Americans,” Rick Nagin wrote.

Nagin also went on to claim that the Second Amendment was only a tool used by “right wing extremists,” and blames the NRA for every gun murder in the country.

“Having lost the 2012 election, these forces are now howling for utilizing ‘Second Amendment remedies’ to get their way,” Nagin claimed, without providing any examples or citing any sources. He also falsely claimed that Fox News, the NRA and conservative talk show hosts have “goaded” such talk.

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California unable to disarm 19,700 felons and mentally ill people

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California authorities are empowered to seize weapons owned by convicted felons and people with mental illness, but staff shortages and funding cuts have left a backlog of more than 19,700 people to disarm, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Those gun owners have roughly 39,000 firearms, said Stephen Lindley, chief of the Bureau of Firearms for the state Department of Justice, testifying at a joint legislative hearing. His office lacks enough staff to confiscate all the weapons, which are recorded in the state’s Armed Prohibited Persons database, he said.

The gun owners typically acquired the firearms legally, before being convicted of a felony or diagnosed with mental illness. Each year, the state investigates and seizes the guns of about 2,000 people on the Armed Prohibited Persons list, Lindley said, but each year about 3,000 names are added to the list.

“Despite our best efforts, the bureau does not have the funding or resources to keep up with this annual influx,” he told the 15 assembled lawmakers.

The testimony showed how some of the state’s strict gun laws have been undermined by California’s budget problems. Lindley said it would cost $25 million to hire enough staff to clear the backlog within three years.

Democratic Sens. Mark Leno of San Francisco and President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento introduced a bill later Tuesday that would allow the Department of Justice to dip into funds collected when gun buyers pay a fee for background checks. There is a $20-million surplus in the account that could be tapped under the pair’s proposal, SB 140.

The extra money, which could help eliminate the backlog in as little as a year, “would be a very wise and worthy investment,” Steinberg said.

Lawmakers are considering a dozen proposals to curb gun violence after last month’s Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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