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Posted on: January 29, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Press Release - Gun Control Legislation

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Park County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Fred Wegener
P.O. Box 604
Fairplay, Colorado 80440

January 29, 2013

Letter to the Editor:

To the Citizens of Park County,

Recently, our country has faced two horrific mass murders at the Century Theatre in Aurora, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In the wake of these tragedies, it is understandable that both Colorado and the rest of the nation search for reasons why. With this comes a renewed interest in public safety issues. As law enforcement professionals and as your elected Sheriff I do not believe that these tragedies should be used as the backdrop to advance gun control legislation.

I am committed to public safety and faithful to my oath of Office, to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution of the State of Colorado, and our Second Amendment.

It was in this spirit of commitment to our Constitution and the citizens we serve that the County Sheriffs of Colorado voted at the January meeting in Larimer County to oppose suggested state legislation that would limit the Second Amendment rights of Colorado citizens.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado welcome open, honest; and deliberative dialogue on all public safety issues. At the same time we urge our state elected officials not to make decisions during this grieving period because it would likely lead to policies that are unenforceable, possibly unconstitutional, and punish law abiding citizens. Our forefathers had just defeated the world power of the time when they crafted our Constitution. They knew the importance of our Second Amendment and that it specifically gave citizens the basic right, to defend themselves their families and our country.

God Bless,

SHERIFF Fred Wegener

County Sheriffs of Colorado
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