Gonzales County has officially joined the wave of cities and counties across the country declaring themselves as a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”
The resolution declared Gonzales County to be “in full support of preservation of the Second Amendment.” County Judge Pat Davis read the resolution aloud at the latest commissioners meeting Jan. 13 and it was passed unanimously with no further comment from the court.
The Second Amendment is one of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution, a group commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, and protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.
Davis clarified after the meeting that the resolution has no legal binding authority, but rather was done to affirm the court’s belief in the Second Amendment.
“Being a rural county, we feel this is what the majority of people in our county believe,” Davis said. “Not everybody, but the majority of people in our community.”
Davis also mentioned it was a joint decision from the commissioners to place the resolution on Monday’s agenda.
Further language in the resolution stated that the Gonzales County Commissioners Court “supports the action by the Texas Legislature to protect our citizen’s Second Amendment rights” and it cited several recent Supreme Court decisions that helped to further define the Second Amendment.
Gonzales now joins 41 other Texas counties which have recently passed similar resolutions. The geographically closest Texas county to Gonzales that passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolution is Golden Crescent neighbor Jackson County. The Jackson County resolution was passed by their commissioners court in late November and featured much of the same phrasing as the Gonzales resolution.