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Sheriff refuses to enforce gun-control bills

GREELEY, Colo. — A Colorado sheriff says he won’t enforce two gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings and the bills are ‘‘feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable.’’

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One bill expands background checks on firearm purchases, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.

The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to ratchet back gun rights after last year’s shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

Colorado’s gun-control debates have been scrutinized because of the importance of guns in the state’s heritage and painful history of mass shootings, most recently last summer’s movie theater shooting that killed 12.

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