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Sheriff Jim Beicker, residents show support for Second Amendment during rally

by CARIE CANTERBURY, Canon City Daily Record  |  published on February 14, 2013

Nearly 150 people turned out Tuesday to join the Royal Gorge Tea Party to stand in favor of Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

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.

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