Commissioner George Conley introduced the resolution for the court to affirm “its resolve to support decisions made by our Sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen.”
The resolution also states that the court will not “authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers, or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of people to keep and bear arms.”
The measure was modeled after a similar resolution that recently passed in neighboring Hood County.
Parker County becomes the sixth county to declare itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”
Conley said that he first became interested in introducing the resolution after he heard the comments from Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who earlier this year called for a federal gun confiscation policy.
According to Conley, there were about five-six people who spoke out against the resolution at the meeting today, while about 15-20, including the county sheriff, spoke in support of it.
Chris Putnam, a Republican candidate for Texas’ 12th Congressional District, was also at the meeting in support of the resolution.
“Good luck ‘coming for the guns’ in Parker County, Beto,” said Putnam in a Facebook post after the commissioners unanimously approved the measure.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.