Navarro County has been declared a Second Amendment Sanctuary County following a unanimous vote by Commissioners Court Monday, Dec. 9.
Commissioner Pct. 3, Eddie Moore, placed the item on the court's agenda to join several other Texas counties in supporting residents' rights to bear arms.
“This basically shows the Commissioners Court and the county's support for the right to keep and bear arms, that we will not allow county funds or county personnel to assist in the infringement of those rights.” he said.
Of the 254 counties in Texas, around two dozen have declared as Second Amendment Sanctuaries, including the nearby counties of Ellis, Kaufman, Smith and Leon.
“It is the desire of the Navarro County Commissioners Court to declare its support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution, both of which protect a citizen's inalienable right to keep and bear arms,” said County Judge H.M. Davenport, reading from the resolution.
“This Commissioners Court affirms its support for the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms as provided in the United States and Texas Constitutions.” he stated. “This Commissioners Court will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers, or offices for the purpose of improperly infringing upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
With the expressed support of Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner and numerous residents, Commissioners and Judge Davenport unanimously voted to uphold the declaration.
The acceptance of the resolution was met with applause from many guests in attendance.
Prior to its passage, Corsicana City Councilman Pct. 3, Chris Woolsey, spoke during the meeting's open forum to express his support of the measure.
“I think it's very important to do this," he said. “I think in the scope of things that elected officials do, this is one of the most important things, which is reassuring our citizens that we stand up for them; and reassuring them that, no matter what is being talked about on the national stage and the state stage, that in Navarro County, in the City of Corsicana, that their rights are going to be protected.”
Woolsey encouraged Commissioners to vote for the resolution to send the message that local officials respect and defend residents' rights.
Sheriff Tanner has also publicly announced his support of residents' constitutional rights, vowing to follow and uphold the law in service of Navarro County.
“As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Navarro County, I am here to reassure you I fully support your Second Amendment rights,” he stated earlier this month. “Be assured, we will never enforce any law that is unconstitutional nor that would ever take away our citizens rights to protect themselves or their families from being harmed.”
Following the meeting, Moore told the Daily Sun that he proposed the resolution in light of the increasing discussion regarding gun confiscation.
“I felt the need to let the citizens of Navarro County know where we stood on that subject,” he said.
Moore explained that with the resolution in place, the court will not authorize or appropriate government funds or resources that will infringe upon Second Amendment rights.
“I really did a lot of work on this, getting everybody on the same page, getting support from the citizens,” he said. “The Commissioners Court of Navarro County is 100% supporting the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”