Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker speaks at a Royal Gorge Tea Party rally for the Second Amendment Tuesday at the Valley Chapel. (Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)
Sheriff Jim Beicker was the invited guest speaker who brought news on one of the most hotly debated bills making its way through Colorado Legislature straight from the capitol hearing room in Denver.
Beicker was one of six Colorado sheriffs signed up to testify Tuesday in opposition of House Bill 13 – 1229, which requires background checks for private gun transfers. He said the motion passed on a 7-4 party line vote. It will head to the House Appropriations Committee before it can head to the full House.
Equally disheartening, he said, was his treatment at the capitol. Beicker said in his 10 years as Fremont County Sheriff, he has never had such an unpleasant experience there.
“I have never been so utterly disgusted at the way myself and my fellow sheriffs were treated at that capitol building,” he said. “From the day I took office, I have been involved in the legislative process at the capitol, I believe in the process, but I’ve never been so disrespected than I was by the chairman of the House judiciary committee.”
He said the sheriffs were “muzzled” at the committee hearing by Chairman Daniel Kagan; however, he said he is sticking to his guns in ensuring the people’s Second Amendment rights are protected.
“I have brought you an absolute commitment by myself and my fellow sheriffs in the state of Colorado to support your Second Amendment rights,” he said.
Beicker is one of 63 sheriffs in the Certified Sheriffs of Colorado Association to unanimously support a position written collectively to stand behind their commitment.
“It is important to the Sheriffs of Colorado to protect your rights,” he said. “We’re a little embarrassed that we got muzzled today, but that does not mean that we are going to give up or that we’re not going to continue to actively oppose legislation that infringes upon any of your rights. You have that commitment form us.”
Beicker said the issue at hand is not “gun violence,” but rather “people violence” and proponents of the proposed bill referred to recent tragedies to exploit the bill Tuesday.
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Sheriff Jim Beicker, residents show support for Second Amendment during rally