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Jan 18, 2013 10:33 AM by Adam Atchison

Northern CO sheriff softens gun opposition

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith is softening a hard-line stance he took this week against any effort to close the so-called gun show loophole and require universal background checks for gun sales.

On Thursday, Smith said he was not trying to determine which laws are unconstitutional when he said on Facebook that he wouldn't allow unconstitutional proposals to stand. Smith wrote that the only way to achieve universal background checks for private gun sales proposed by lawmakers would be to register every firearm, which would mean people who fail to register could be defined as criminals.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, Smith claimed the federal government will start targeting and prosecuting Americans who are simply exercising their constitutional right to bear arms.

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