FORT COLLINS- The Larimer County Sheriff's office issued a statement today in response to an article written by the Loveland Reporter-Herland. According to Sheriff Justin Smith, he was incorrectly quoted in an article regarding gun ownership and registration. The statement is as follows:
"Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith has called on the Loveland Reporter Herald to issue an immediate correction to a completely incorrect statement attributed to him by a reporter with the Reporter Herald in a headline story in today's newspaper
Sheriff Smith has made his position against gun registration extremely well known throughout the state; however, a reporter with the Reporter Herald stated in a story today:
"Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith has urged state legislators in the gun law debate to fill what he sees as a safety loophole and require gun owners in Colorado to register their firearms with the government."
Sheriff Smith actually informed the reporter on Monday that the loophole is that the state does not maintain a reliable, accessible database of convicted felons and that lawmakers are ignoring requests to do so. The Sheriff believes that getting this information into the hands of officers in the field would give them the tools to get guns out of the hands of those we all agree should not have them. "
The full and corrected article can be found here: http://bit.ly/YF8dsY