Colorado Sheriff's Office Blasted After Tweet Showing Santa Getting Handgun Permit

The sheriff's office said it didn't intend to be "insensitive," but the tweet with a Santa apparently planning to be armed when he comes down the chimney is still up.

A Colorado sheriff’s office found itself desperately backtracking following a furious reaction to a tweet showing Santa Claus getting a concealed handgun permit.

It was enough to convince parents to reconsider letting Santa come down the chimney.

A statement from the El Paso Sheriff’s Office Friday insisted there was no intent to be “insensitive,” but it is December and they wanted to involve Santa Claus.

The timing of the stunt was particularly painful because it occurred just days after four students were fatally shot with a handgun in yet another school attack.

Local residents and critics from as far away as Australia were not amused.