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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FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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