Colorado Seeks “Peace Officer” Status for Secret Service
(N3) The Colorado state government recently enacted a restrictive gun control law that is wildly unpopular with both the state’s gun-owning population and many of its elected sheriffs. Now Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is seeking to enact a measure that would effectively federalize law enforcement in the state by giving the U.S. Secret Service arrest powers.
State Senate Bill 13-013 would extend to officers of the Secret Service “limited peace officer authority while working in Colorado [when] responding to a non-federal felony or misdemeanor that has been committed in his or her presence.” That authority could also be exercised when a Secret Service agent is acting “as part of a bona fide task force or joint investigation with Colorado Peace Officers.”
Some commentators point out that this measure would permit Secret Service agents to arrest sheriffs who refuse to enforce new gun control laws enacted by either the state or federal government.