The Hunt County Commissioners Court has publicly announced its support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The vote during Tuesday’s regular session in the Auxiliary Courtroom came short of declaring the county as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”

County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray spoke with the commissioners about the issue in an executive session during the Nov. 26 meeting and came up with the resolution which was adopted by unanimous vote Tuesday.

County Judge Bobby Stovall read the resolution which said,”Whereas we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and whereas, for the benefit and protection of all people, these unalienable rights are enumerated and enshrined in the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Texas; now, therefore, be it resolved, we hereby reaffirm our sacred oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Texas. So help us God.”

Collin and Ellis counties passed almost identical resolutions last month.

The Rockwall County Commissioners Court was scheduled to consider adopting a similar measure Tuesday.

The resolution is not as specific as the one adopted Nov. 12 by the Kaufman County Commissioners Court which read “Therefore, Be It Resolved, the people of Kaufman (County), through their duly elected Commissioners Court, Judge and Sheriff, hereby designate Kaufman County to a Second Amendment Sanctuary in order to preserve for the people of, on and in Kaufman County, their rights preserved by the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Some 20 Texas counties have passed resolutions in support of citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, as protected by the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

Ray has said the measure passed by Hunt County Commissioners as a formal resolution would pass some legal weight, but that it is not the same as a criminal statute.

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