‘It’s a matter of doing what’s right…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said he’d rather go to jail than enforce Colorado’s proposed “red flag” bill.
If enacted, as most expect, it would allow law enforcement to seize guns from individuals deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
“It’s a matter of doing what’s right,” he said, according to CNN.
Colorado’s state Senate passed the bill Thursday by a single vote, even with every Republican voting against it.
Because both chambers have a Democratic majority, Republicans fear the bill could pass the House as early as this week.
More than 64 of Colorado’s counties—Reams’s included—oppose the bill.
Reams said that he wants Weld County to become a Second Amendment “sanctuary” county.
If county sheriffs fail to enforce the law and seize a person’s guns, courts could find them in contempt and send them to jail.
But Reams said he’s willing to take that risk.
Colorado’s “extreme risk protection order” would allow a family member, a roommate or a law-enforcement official to petition a judge for a warrant to take someone’s firearms.
The bill was inspired in part by the death of Zack Parrish, a Colorado sheriff’s deputy who was killed by a mentally-ill man with an arsenal of weapons.
“Going in and taking their guns and leaving the scene, I can’t see how that makes them less of a risk,” Reams said. “It just takes one tool away.”
Thirty-two counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and passed resolutions vowing support for their sheriffs.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a statement that if the bill passes, he is “confident that when and if the time comes, all enforcement officials will follow the rule of law.”
But Reams said he won’t back down.
“I’ve explained that time and time again,” he said. “I’m not bluffing.”