Firearm Policies, Procedures & Guidelines (Ouray County Sheriff's Office)

Caroline Curtis filed this request with the Ouray County Sheriff's Office of Ouray County, CO.
Tracking # 63-04-2016
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From: Caroline Curtis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for identities of individual permit/license holders, but is rather a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain a license or permit. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
Please include all available segregable data.
Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• the suspension of firearms permits and licenses.
• the renewal of firearms permits and licenses.
• incidents involving the use of a firearm.
If various policies or reports exist dependent on the type of firearm, provision of all applicable materials would be greatly appreciated. Should they be voluminous, provision of materials on rolling basis would be greatly appreciated.
Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, transfer, deaths, incidents, or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.
Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caroline Curtis

From: Marti Whitmore

Dear Ms. Curtis,

The Sheriff has forwarded me your request for records. You have asked for detailed information that the Sheriff’s office may or may not maintain in the manner you have requested. We need additional time to review records typically maintained by the Sheriff’s office to determine whether there is information responsive to your requests. I am going to be out of the office on business for the rest of this week and request an extension of time to respond. I will have information to you on or before July 27.

Best regards,

Marti Whitmore

Martha P. Whitmore

Ouray County Attorney

P.O. Box 28

Ridgway, CO 81432

970-626-3302

<mailto:mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov> mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov

From: Marti Whitmore

Dear Ms. Curtis,

The Sheriff has forwarded me your request for records. You have asked for detailed information that the Sheriff’s office may or may not maintain in the manner you have requested. We need additional time to review records typically maintained by the Sheriff’s office to determine whether there is information responsive to your requests. I am going to be out of the office on business for the rest of this week and request an extension of time to respond. I will have information to you on or before July 27.

Best regards,

Marti Whitmore

Martha P. Whitmore

Ouray County Attorney

P.O. Box 28

Ridgway, CO 81432

970-626-3302

<mailto:mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov> mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov

From: Marti Whitmore

Dear Ms. Curtis,

I was out of the office at meetings last week, and now have been called out of town on a family emergency. Unfortunately, our county is very small and personnel are limited. I have no assistant to delegate this matter to, so will respond next week. I have asked the Sheriff to assemble what information he has that is responsive to your request. Again, because this is a very small county, I am not sure how much information is kept in the manner you seek. Once I have an opportunity to discuss the information available, I will let you know whether there are additional research and administrative charges or other charges for electronic copies.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Best regards,

Marti Whitmore

Martha P. Whitmore

Ouray County Attorney

P.O. Box 28

Ridgway, CO 81432

970-626-3302

<mailto:mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov> mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov

From: Caroline Curtis

Hi Ms. Whitmore,
I'm sorry to hear about the family emergency, and completely understand. I also appreciate that you have limited personnel, and so if it would be useful or applicable, I can narrow down the search to anything relevant to my request from within the past 5 years.

Thanks,

Caroline Curtis

From: Marti Whitmore

Dear Ms. Curtis,

Thank you for your graciousness in extending the time for me to reply to
your CORA request of July 18. I have consulted with Sheriff Mattivi and
have limited this response to the past five years.

The Ouray County Sheriff does not have any written policies regarding
firearms. Sheriff Mattivi follows the Colorado statutes as guidance in
matters related to firearms. In particular, with regard to the issuance of
concealed carry permits, the pertinent statute is C.R.S. 18-12-205. I have
attached the statute for your reference.

With regard to the data you have requested, Sheriff Mattivi does not
maintain the records you have requested in the normal course of business.
However, I am attaching you statistics maintained by the County Sheriffs of
Colorado, an association of county sheriffs in Colorado. Their website is
www.csoc.org and you may find other data responsive to your inquiries there.
I have attached the last five years of data regarding concealed handgun
permits.

With regard to your request for information regarding "incidents involving
the use of a firearm," we are unable to respond as the request is vague and
overly broad. Sheriff Mattivi reports that there have been no incidents in
which he or his deputies have shot a suspect, nor in which he or his
deputies have been shot at, during the reporting period.

If you do not feel I have been responsive to your CORA request, please let
me know.
Best regards,

Marti Whitmore

Martha P. Whitmore

Ouray County Attorney

P.O. Box 28

Ridgway, CO 81432

970-626-3302

mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov

From: Marti Whitmore

Dear Ms. Curtis:

The response on August 2, 2016 was intended to be a complete response to your CORA request, unless you specify additional records that you want, or clarify what records you are seeking related to “incidents involving the use of a firearm”. As stated in the response of August 2, the Ouray County Sheriff’s office does not maintain records in the ordinary course of business responsive to your requests. We have provided the best information available.

Please let me know if you request other records or additional information.

Best regards,

Martha Whitmore

Martha P. Whitmore

Ouray County Attorney

P.O. Box 28

Ridgway, CO 81432

970-626-3302

<mailto:mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov> mwhitmore@ouraycountyco.gov

From: Caroline Curtis

Apologies, that was sent in error - thanks again!

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