By: Teresa Mull

Democratic commissioners in Texas are taking a precaution against any new gun control laws by declaring their county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

The Texan reports:

A Commissioners Court in Presidio County passed a resolution today declaring the county to be a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

Three of the four Democratic commissioners that were present at the meeting today, along with the judge, voted unanimously to pass the resolution submitted by residents of the western border county.

The resolution, as read by the judge at the meeting, states:

“Be it resolved that the people of Presidio County…. 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 Second, Ninth, Tenth, or Fourteenth Amendments 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….We the people of Presidio County through this resolution hereby declare our rights, our freedom, and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Teresa Beckmeyer of Gun Owners of America told The Texan “the measure was initiated and led by concerned ranchers in the county,” and “Presidio County is not trying to challenge any existing gun laws. Rather… it is a way of guarding against any future measures that might conflict with the residents’ rights to bear arms…”

This Texan county is following in the footsteps of several other counties in various states that have made similar declarations. GPM has reported earlier this year:

As the California state government slowly strips away the rights of law-abiding gun owners, the city council in the tiny desert town of Needles voted unanimously to declare itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” city.

Following the lead of jurisdictions in eight other states, several rural Rhode Island counties are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” to protect gun owners from anti-gun laws the state legislature could pass this year.

New Mexican gun rights activists are using a grassroots movement to push back against the gun control legislation making its way through the state legislature.

Out of the 33 county sheriffs in New Mexico, 29 signed a letter written by the New Mexico Sheriffs Association disapproving of the gun control push in Santa Fe.

As of this writing, 24 of those counties have passed a “Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution” declaring that sheriffs in those counties will not enforce any gun control legislation that is unconstitutional.

“Counties in Illinois, North Carolina, and numerous other states have also issued Second Amendment Sanctuary declarations,” Breitbart reports.

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