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In a 4-1 decision, the East Texas county voted to become a "Second Amendment sanctuary" and not enforce any new gun laws found to violate the U.S. and Texas constitutions.
October 29, 2019
County commissioners in Smith County, whose county seat is Tyler, quickly followed in the footsteps of Parker County to vote to become the seventh “Second Amendment sanctuary county” in Texas.

Like the six other Texas counties to declare such a resolution, the commissioners in Smith County stated that they would uphold the United States and Texas constitutions, and that they would not authorize the funding for any enforcement of laws “that have been found to unconstitutionally infringe on the rights of Citizens,” especially the right to bear arms.

The resolution was supported by Grassroots America — We The People, which urged the council to vote in favor of the measure and “take a bold stand for liberty today by publicly stating your opposition to any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against law-abiding citizens.”

From left: Smith County Commissioners Jeff Warr (Precinct 1) and Terry Phillips (Precinct 3), Judge Nathaniel Moran, and Commissioners Cary Nix (Precinct 2) and JoAnn Hampton (Precinct 4). Photo from Smith County.

According to Payton Weidman of KYTX CBS19, five residents who spoke at the meeting were in favor of it while ten were against it.

Four members of the court — Judge Nathaniel Moran and Commissioners Jeff Warr, Terry Phillips, and Cary Nix — voted in favor of the resolution and Commissioner JoAnn Hampton voted against it.

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Counties from left to right: Hudspeth, Presidio, Edwards, Mitchell, Parker, Hood, and Smith.

The movement to become “Second Amendment sanctuary counties” grew quickly in states like New Mexico and Colorado where state legislatures enacted stricter gun regulations, and it has been gaining momentum in Texas recently.

In Texas, Edwards County passed the first resolution last year, with Hudspeth, Presidio, Mitchell, Hood, and Parker counties following suit this year.

Kaufman County may become the next county to join the growing list of Second Amendment “sanctuaries.”


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