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Texas border county becomes latest ‘gun sanctuary’ in pushback against Democrat gun control efforts

By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) A Texas border county has become the latest jurisdiction to declare itself a “gun sanctuary” in the face of renewed efforts by Democrat-run cities and states to curb gun rights.



Teresa Beckmeyer, the Texas Director of Operations for Gun Owners of America, reported that the county of Presidio made the declaration — officially a “Second Amendment sanctuary” on July 10.

She noted:

It was standing room only Wednesday when over sixty citizens presented a resolution to the Commissioner’s Court to declare Presidio County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

The crowd, which spilled over into the hallway, waited quietly for over an hour while commissioners worked through the agenda.  Six individuals spoke in favor of the resolution with no one opposing.  When the last person spoke, he asked for a show of hands in the room of all who supported the resolution.  Hands of all present were raised and shouts of “Hear, hear!” were heard.

In addition to standing up for the Second Amendment, residents in attendance noted there is also a practical reason behind the declaration — the lack of law enforcement in the region:

Some of those speaking were rancher’s wives who told of instances where they had encountered illegal aliens on their property and that without a weapon, they would have not been able to protect themselves should the need have presented itself.  In this sparsely populated part of Texas, it can take law enforcement 45 minutes to an hour to reach the vicinity of a 911 call.

But the issue of gun rights in general was omnipresent:

Others spoke about the overreach that they are seeing from the Federal Government and voiced their belief that they have a constitutional right to protect themselves and that the court needed to stand up and show support for these rights.

The local sheriff addressed the court and the crowd and pledged his support to the citizens of Presidio county and their constitutional right to keep and bear arms above any law that might be issued.

Presidio County, Texas, is the latest jurisdiction to declare itself a gun sanctuary. The trend is the latest “nullification” effort sweeping Republican/red states after Democrat/blue states have begun adopting stricter gun control measures including bans on certain types of semi-automatic rifles, ammunition magazines, and ownership rights.

Beckmeyer noted further:

The resolution was the brainchild of several conservative citizens who worked together with the Democrat Commissioner’s Court to ensure its passage.

Presidio County’s resolution recognizing a political subdivision as a Second Amendment Sanctuary follows in the footsteps of approximately 200 other political entities scattered across the nation that have filed the same type of resolution.

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