Garfield County Sheriff: Colorado Gun-Control Laws too Confusing to Enforce

Jun 26, 2013

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is part of a lawsuit that's seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed this year, by the state legislature.
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is part of a lawsuit that's seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed this year, by the state legislature.
Credit Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

The sheriffs’ lawsuit is filed in Federal Court in Colorado. Meanwhile, the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police testified in support of both of the new laws. Lawmakers passed the restrictions after the Aurora movie theater shooting last summer and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut last December.