Presidio County Brings Texas into 2A Sanctuary Movement

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is expanding, and now Presidio County, Texas has joined. (Dave Workman photo)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Two weeks after Presidio County became the first county in Texas to declare itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” the Earth is still turning, the sky hasn’t fallen and the Lone Star still shines bright as ever, maybe brighter.

As Ammoland reported back on April 19, there is a good formula for creating a “sanctuary” for gun owners’ rights. That formula has been working in Washington State, Illinois and other places where citizens are fed up with government trying to micro-manage their lives, while turning a constitutionally-enumerated right into a government-regulated privilege.

According to the Alpine, Texas Avalanche, “Drafted and presented by private citizens to a packed Presidio County courtroom on July 10, it was part of a nation-wide, grassroots movement where cities, counties, and even states were adopting similar resolutions. The states of Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, and Wyoming have all adopted some form of Second Amendment sanctuary laws, as have more than 200 counties and cities in 14 additional states, but no entity in Texas had yet attempted to do so.”

The 581-word resolution adopted unanimously by the Presidio County Commission and supported by Sheriff Danny Dominguez, may not mean much to coastal anti-gunners and perhaps even frivolous to East Coast political reporters and pundits, but in the rugged country of West Texas, it carries the weight of symbolism, and that is sometimes a heavy burden.

This is the kind of stuff one finds in the fabric of rural U.S. counties. Presidio County lies along the Rio Grande. Shaped like a lazy triangle, its southern reaches are encompassed in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. In 2017, the county’s population was reported at 7,156 which means much of the county’s 3,856 square miles amounts to a lot of emptiness. It’s in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, and Marfa near the northeast point is the county seat.

All of this translates to people taking care of their own business, and preferring that the government and anti-gun liberals stay out of it. That is a common trait one finds among gun owners in 64 of the 102 counties in Illinois where “Second Amendment sanctuary” status is now official.

Sheriff Dominguez, quoted by the Texas Scorecard explained during a speech at the hearing earlier this month, “We have people in Washington trying to abolish the Second Amendment and take our rights away.”

The resolution puts that in writing:

“…The People of Presidio County, through their duly elected Commissioners Court, Judge and Sheriff, hereby designate Presidio County a Second Amendment Sanctuary in order to preserve for the People of, on, and in Presidio County, their rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America, furthermore

“Any regulation that violates the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States of America shall be regarded by the People of Presidio County to be unconstitutional, and therefore by necessity, unenforceable and invalid, furthermore

“We, the People of Presidio County, Texas, through this resolution hereby declare our rights, our freedom and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.”

When Ammoland first explored the subject of establishing a Second Amendment Sanctuary, we outlined the four steps activists can follow in their sanctuary efforts:

  • Gather and raise support with a “flags on the ground” gathering such as a rally in a public place, complete with handouts. This helps establish momentum toward the next step. Attend a County Commission meeting. Get “known” in the political neighborhood.
  • Turn activism into action. Hold follow-up rallies or informational events. Create a committee, raise funds for materials and future events. Donating gives supporters a feeling of ownership and a sense of belonging.
  • Expand public awareness. Approach the media with your story. Offer details and have facts at hand to answer questions.
  • Expand the scope of your activity. Seek out public officials who can support and advance the effort.

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement exemplifies the growing philosophical conflict between urban and rural communities, not to mention the accompanying mindsets. On the one hand, growing urban centers are magnets for the “huddled masses,” while those living in less-populated regions are self-reliant. They are more likely to rely upon a neighbor than on the government for anything.

As noted by the Chicago Tribune in its examination of what happened in Effingham County when a sanctuary resolution was adopted there months ago, “Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler…told a raucous crowd the origin story behind the ‘Second Amendment sanctuary county’ movement, which began in Effingham and now includes 64 of the state’s 102 counties, counties in three other states, and nine more states in which counties are eyeing similar nonbinding measures. And as state legislators, emboldened by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, look at more gun-control measures, counties are looking at more ways to resist them.”

Ultimately, the Second Amendment Sanctuary effort may achieve its greatest success by energizing gun owners to exercise their vote.

Texans like to tell people, “Don’t mess with Texas.”

Citizens in Second Amendment Sanctuaries across the map are saying, “Don’t mess with us, either.”

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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It’s all fun and games until your popped for”illegal suppressors
In your sanctuary state/county/city or to go way back your”unconventional church”

Will
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Will

TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY !

joefoam
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joefoam

What an absolute shame that we have to jump through these hoops just to maintain our 2A rights. Having to protect them from elected officials underscores the need to vett and vote in patriots not politicians is absurd.

USA
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USA

I never saw words on paper stop a bullet and because everything Hitler did was legal why comply. If you have to protect your life making you’re actions unlawful based upon fake laws then don’t call the police on yourself. My attorney says half his cases come from people who called 911 for help and get charged with a crime. He does not recommend calling them. It’s a sad state of America but we’ll turn it around.

USMC0351Grunt
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If you follow these steps in trying to pursue obtaining a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status for your city, county or state, you will NEVER accomplish your objectiI’ve! “Gather and raise support with a “flags on the ground” gathering such as a rally in a public place, complete with handouts. This helps establish momentum toward the next step. Attend a County Commission meeting. Get “known” in the political neighborhood. Turn activism into action. Hold follow-up rallies or informational events. Create a committee, raise funds for materials and future events. Donating gives supporters a feeling of ownership and a sense of belonging.… Read more »

USMC0351Grunt
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Damon this system of NOT being able to edit our postings! My name is Gregory “Romeo” Romeu, NOT Riley. “NS” is supposed to be BS! Etc…

Mike
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Mike

Have you tried writing your comments in a word processor, then copy pasting into the comments box?
This works on some sites. Just used notepad to paste preceding sentence.

USMC0351Grunt
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I tried to use my email, the body of the letter portuon, using that for my word processor because I’m doing it through my cell phone but that doesn’t seem to work because of this bogus “autocorrect” which really seems like a virus. The text looks good and proper, i.e., punctuation and such on this end before I hit the send button, but then when it transfers over and gets posted there ends up being all kinds of mistakes that pop up?

USA
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USA

Sometimes I will use the notepad on my phone but most of the time when on my phone I just let the spellchecker rule and figure people understand that is what is going on. Spelling police don’t like it. I’m mostly in the bush carrying a load in extreme conditions 80 miles from the nearest anything so I don’t really care. Mostly focused on not getting bit by a Rattler or eaten by a Lion or Bear to worry about spelling on a tiny screen that my finger covers up entirely. When I superglue my fingers the typing gets real… Read more »

ras52
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ras52

Sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, no good. Sanctuary counties for gun owners, great idea. Way to go Presidio County. Sounds like a great place to live.

USA
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USA

We The People in second amendment sanctuary counties of Colorado say, WE DO NOT COMPLY.
“Gun control” has as much credibility as the Mueller oped.
Pedo globalist gun grabber pals of Epstein playing pedo island pyramid death cult games can fuck off. They aren’t our masters.

USMC0351Grunt
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@ISA, How are things going up there in Colorado with all the potheads and carrying guns and such?

We’re hearung all kinds of rumors of people strapped on a firearm, smoke a couple bowls and then go out driving and either get car pulled over or getting into wrecks or something otherwise dosasyerous is thappe,ing? Is all this true or is this all scuttlebutt?

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In my opinion pot smokers aren’t going nuts with guns but they are using them professionally at legal pot grows to guard the weed is what I have heard second hand. The only place guns are under attack here is at the state legislature but beyond that I think at least 80% of people are armed. The weed here I doubt is of any concern. It’s like tobacco no big deal. Legal weed is ever expanding especially in rural counties it seems. Violent crime seems to be escalating and more and more people are strapped due to leftist chaos and… Read more »