WELD COUNTY, CO. — We’ve got a lot of respect for the sheriffs across the country who have stood up against the anti-gun tyranny of the radical new Left. The left seems to think that only good people will use Red Flag laws–and only against bad people. But several sheriffs across the country have pointed out the ease with which these laws can be abused.
A case out of Colorado this week tells just that story. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams has been a vocal opponent of Red Flags and their various abuses. In a twist of irony, Sheriff Reams had a Red Flag or Emergency Risk Protection Order (ERPO) filed against him last week by an inmate currently in prison.
The inmate, Leo Crispin, wrote in his petition on Feb. 19 that Weld County deputies were “intimidating and excessively abusing inmates” by carrying shotguns in the jail. Judge James F. Hartman dismissed Crispin’s petition this week, writing that his complaint does not “even warrant a hearing” under the state’s new extreme risk protection order law, which can allow a judge to temporarily remove a person’s guns if they are found to be a danger to themselves or others. ABC Denver 7 News
Hartman also noted that the shotguns carried by the jail deputies contain less-than-lethal projectiles.
Crispin had argued that the jail is his household and that Reams, as sheriff, posed a significant risk of injury to himself or others by having a gun at the jail.
Hartman, in his response on Tuesday, said Crispin “failed to provide any facts” that deputies posed a risk by carrying guns as part of jail security.
Of course, the judge in Sheriff Reams case threw the ERPO out as soon as it came across his desk. The judge said that the inmate has failed to prove that Reams was a threat to himself or others–in addition to falsifying the paperwork to say they’d lived together.
But the point had already been made: Red Flag laws can be politicized in a heartbeat!
Sheriff Reams commented on the waste caused by this new law. “It was a huge waste of my time, but I think it was an even bigger waste of the court’s time. I can’t imagine that the chief judge had to stop what he was doing because these cases become priority, and stop what he was doing and focus in on something that was pretty much on face value, it was obvious that this wasn’t a valid red flag petition.”
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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