Shelby County becomes a Second Amendment Sanctuary County with passage of resolution

Commissioners' Court shows support for Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution

The County Commissioners' Court held a special meeting last week in which they passed a resolution declaring Shelby County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

Item number eight is to approve a resolution declaring Shelby County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County,” said Shelby County Judge Allison Harbinson at the Jan. 15 meeting. “This has been going around the Judge’s serve list for quite a long time. I really think that it has to do with the church shootings and things - I believe,” she said.

“I think there was some talk about … the people that defended themselves and their church and I think this is, maybe, one of the things that something had to be done,” Harbinson said of the resolution. 

“We recognize and we declare that Shelby County is a Second Amendment Resolution Sanctuary County,” she said. “That means that we support the section the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. Which is the one that says we have the right to bear arms.” 

Before the motion was approved, Commissioner Charles Barr said the resolution is showing support for the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment.

“I would like to mention that, the last count, there were 41 counties in the state of Texas that have already passed this,” he said. “It is in our Constitution, which is the law of the land.

“So - it’s surprising to me that we even have to think about stuff like this,” Barr said. “It’s a guideline that got this country going pretty good 250 years ago. So I think anything that we can do to help support that Constitution is a good solution.”

Barr moved to pass the resolution which was seconded by Commissioner Tom Bellmyer and passed unanimously.

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