(KUSA) Dozens of Colorado sheriffs have joined a lawsuit against new gun restrictions set to go into effect later this summer.
The suit claims the newly mandated background checks and restrictions on high-capacity magazines violate the 2nd Amendment rights of Colorado citizens.
"From the perspective of the sheriffs this legislature had an agenda rather than good public policy in mind when they rushed these bills through and in this rush to pass new laws they didn't bother listening to the people charged with enforcing them," explained Weld County Sheriff John Cooke.
Only eight of Colorado's elected sheriffs declined to join the suit, among them Boulder County's Sheriff Joe Pelle.
"It seems to me we should be doing everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and you can't say that on one hand and on the other hand oppose this legislation," Pelle argues.
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