Bob Enever: Rethink decision

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We, the “silent majority,” voted for Sheriff Garrett Wiggins because he seemed like an honest cop. But I fear he now has been overly influenced by single-issue gun owners. They are entitled to their point of view, they are entitled to vote for their choice of legislators, but when the laws are written, they must obey them like the rest of us. The silent majority will not re-elect a sheriff who thinks he is above the law and thinks he can choose which laws he will enforce.

So, if Sheriff Wiggins didn’t like someone, he wouldn’t choose to find their murderer? If we citizens chose to obey only those laws we agree with, our nation soon would be in a state of anarchy. A minor example: income taxes. 

As a citizen, Sheriff Wiggins got to vote for his choice of elected representative to write the laws. As a state officer of the law, elected by local people, Sheriff Wiggins gets to enforce all those laws, including the ones he doesn’t like. I hope he rethinks his position.

Bob Enever

Steamboat Springs

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jerry carlton 1 year, 6 months ago

Bob Did you ever serve in the military or work in law enforcement?

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

How is that a prerequisite for understanding the job description of the Sheriff we voters are tasked with electing? Are you suggesting that only ex-LEO and ex-military should have the vote on certain issues/positions because everyone else's opinion is formed through ignorance?

Just trying to understand why you're on about this so incessantly.

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Don Thayer 1 year, 6 months ago

President Obama has also chosen which laws he will enforce. He also specifically allowed the sale of weapons to known criminals AND allowed them to not be tracked, AND an American was killed by the people who bought those weapons(Fast and Furious operation). AND he claimed executive privilege for Eric Holder in order to stall a Congressional investigation of the issue(executive privilege only applies to presidential knowledge and conversations).

What about Lincoln? He unilaterally freed the slaves, even though the U S Costitution supported slavery - Article 4, section 2. Was he wrong?

The 2nd amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. " Is the sheriff required to enforce unconstitutional laws? Neither federal, state, nor local laws overwrite the U S Constitution. The ONLY way to legally pass gun laws of any kind is to begin with amending the U S Constitution.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

"Is the sheriff required to enforce unconstitutional laws?"

Of course not. But only the COURTS may make that determination. Until a law is declared unconstitutional by the judicial branch, the Sheriff's responsibility is to enforce it. This is the separation of powers enshrined in the constitution, and I don't understand how anyone can say the Sheriff is following his oath to the constitution by overstepping his constitutional authority to pronounce legal judgment on legislation.

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bill schurman 1 year, 6 months ago

It is Black Letter Law that every law is presumed to be Constitutional. Only a Court is impowered with the right to pass on the constitutionality of a law.

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bill schurman 1 year, 6 months ago

Why are machine guns banned, rocket launchers, bazookas, etc etc.?? It is because like EVERY Amendment there are exceptions. Consider the 4th and 5th and 14th Amendments

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Don Thayer 1 year, 6 months ago

Here is sheriff Wiggins' reasoning:

'At his office Tuesday, Wiggins took out the clip from his gun to illustrate why he said the new law limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds would be impossible for his deputies to enforce. Wiggins said older magazines would be grandfathered in, and magazines do not contain dates for when they were made.'

“There is absolutely no way for us to determine when you purchased that magazine,” Wiggins said.

He isn't simply saying he refuses to enforce the law.

Also:

"Each county sheriff has to make a decision about how to prioritize and enforce the laws in the county they were elected to serve," Baumgardner said in an email Tuesday.

And

However, legal experts told the Post it's the prerogative of law enforcement officers to prioritize how laws are enforced.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

"However, legal experts told the Post it's the prerogative of law enforcement officers to prioritize how laws are enforced."

There is a world of difference between stating that enforcement of a law will not be prioritized due to impracticality, vs. declaring that it won't be enforced because the Sheriff finds it unconstitutional.

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Don Thayer 1 year, 6 months ago

I repeat:

'At his office Tuesday, Wiggins took out the clip from his gun to illustrate why he said the new law limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds would be impossible for his deputies to enforce. Wiggins said older magazines would be grandfathered in, and magazines do not contain dates for when they were made.'

“There is absolutely no way for us to determine when you purchased that magazine,” Wiggins said.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

And I repeat, that if a citizen files a complaint against a gun store selling new high-capacity magazines, law enforcement has both probable cause and the duty to issue a citation.

That some of the law is unenforceable, I won't argue; but this is not reason to state that none of it will be enforced on constitutional grounds, when I see none at issue in this scenario.

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Chris Hadlock 1 year, 6 months ago

So if the new laws require that all magazines manufactured from this day forward have identifying marks, problem solved right?

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