The pro 2nd Amendment sanctuary counties movement in Texas

Texas Monthly:
Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Saddam Hussein, and Pol Pot were among the villains mentioned at a recent meeting of the Hood County Commissioners’ Court, but no menace loomed as large as someone Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds would describe only as “a person who’s running for president.”

Not even a man who claimed to have campaigned for Beto O’Rourke in 2018 would defend the Democratic presidential candidate’s recent promise to confiscate assault-style weapons if elected to the White House. Daniel Peters told the commissioners that he’s gay and liberal and worries that some gun extremists “want to kill people like me.” Nonetheless, he doesn’t think the government can always protect him, so he relies on his firearms. “This queer shoots back,” Peters said.

Peters was speaking in support of a proposal to make Hood County a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary, a resolution the commissioners unanimously approved at an early October hearing. Though the Hood County resolution was sponsored by Commissioner James Deaver, he said Deeds had pushed for the measure and that the commissioners “just agreed.” Hood County is one of seven Texas counties—mostly Republican and rural—to officially establish themselves as gun sanctuaries in the past year and a half, three of them after O’Rourke announced his support for a mandatory buy-back of assault weapons in the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso and Midland/Odessa.

Like resolutions in several other counties, Hood County’s measure affirms support for any decision the sheriff makes “to not enforce unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen,” and it shields county funds, employees, and buildings from being used in service of any law “that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Before voting on the measure, Commissioner Dave Eagle pointedly noted that the sheriff is the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the county. “What does that mean?” Eagle asked rhetorically. “What it means is he ranks above any feds that come in here.” Later, Eagle directed Texas Monthly to a 1997 Supreme Court decision, Printz v. United States, in which the court held that the federal government couldn’t compel sheriffs to provide background checks under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The case originated with Jay Printz, a Montana sheriff, and Richard Mack, an Arizona sheriff who is affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a far-right group of veterans and law enforcement officers who pledge to disobey laws they consider unconstitutional. Deeds says he’s sympathetic to the mission of the Oath Keepers, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls one of “the largest radical antigovernment groups” in the country, one whose philosophy is “based on a set of baseless conspiracy theories.”

Deeds is vague about how Hood County might respond to federal gun control legislation. Though the resolution stipulates that the county won’t use any of its resources to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, the sheriff told Texas Monthly that he and the commissioners’ court will have to decide what to do when the time comes.
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Beto's drop out of the primary race for the Democrat nomination has not cooled the movement.  There is a deep suspicion of all Democrat candidates at this point.


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