When Colorado Democrats were pushing a gun control package that contained a “high capacity” magazine ban in March 2013, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said his department would not enforce the measure if it were implemented.
It was implemented, and instead of enforcing it he took part in a lawsuit against it.
On June 26, 2014, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger upheld the “high capacity” magazine ban, and Sheriff Cooke responded by saying the law is “unenforceable” and the court’s ruling did “nothing to change [his] opinion” about that.
On July 1 Breitbart News was able to talk to Sheriff Cooke, and we asked him where things stand now that the District Judge handed down her ruling and where things go from here.
What I’ve told people around here – and wherever people come up to me and say, “I can’t believe that ruling,” or “At least you tried” – what I say is, “Wait a minute. This is a fight. This is ten rounds, and we just got knocked down in the first round, and we got back up, and we’re going to continue the fight. We’re not giving up, and we’re not going to stop.”
We are going to file an appeal. We have until July 25 to file our notice of appeal, and our attorneys are already working on it.
As I’ve said before, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) weren’t settled in district court. They both lost their first rounds and had to take it to the Supreme Court to overturn the DC ban and the Chicago gun law.
Sheriff Cooke added that the most important thing citizens can do going forward is to be sure Republicans win the Colorado Senate, House, and governor’s race in November. He said, “We wouldn’t even be in federal court if we did a better job of electing people down at the capital.”
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