On June 12, 2018, Edwards County, Texas Commissioners passed a resolution in support of the Second Amendment. If you happen to know the vote count for this Resolution, please let us know by emailing contact@sanctuarycounties.com.

Verification Citation/Source: Edwards County, TX – County Commissioners
Resolution date passed: 12 Jun 2018
Vote Count: Unknown.


WHEREAS, Edwards County is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court believe in the Rule of Law under the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, These rights are retained by the People and protected by the Constitution of these United States, and the Constitution of the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” and

WHEREAS, the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others  retained by the people,” protects ancillary rights that are closely related to the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment; including the right to manufacture, transfer, buy and sell firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition. Hereinafter these shall be referred to as “ancillary firearm rights,” and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” and

WHEREAS, Article 1; Section 23 or the Texas State Constitution states, “RIGHT TO KEEP AND  BEAR ARMS; REGULATION OF WEARING OF ARMS. Every citizen shall have the right to keep  and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms or ancillary firearms rights that violate the Second, Ninth, or Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, and/or Article 1; Section 23 of the Texas State Constitution as articulated herein, shall be regarded by the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court as unconstitutional; a transgression of the Supreme Law of the Land and its spirit of Liberty, and therefore by necessity void ab initio; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court resolves by this instrument that:

The Edwards County Commissioners’ Court shall not authorize or appropriate funds, resources, employees, for the purpose of enforcing any element of such acts, laws, orders, mandates, rules or regulations, that infringe on the right by People to keep and bear arms, including, but not limited to the following:

a) Registration requirements for existing lawfully owned firearms; 

b) Prohibitions, regulations, and/or use restrictions related to ownership of non-fully automatic firearms, including but not limited to semi-automatic firearms; including semi- automatic firearms that have appearance or features similar to fully automatic firearms and/or military “assault style” firearms; 

c) Prohibition, regulations, and/or use restrictions limiting hand grips, stock, flash suppressors, bayonet mounts, magazine capacity, clip capacity, internal capacity, or types of ammunition available for sale, possession or use; 

d) Registration and background check requirements beyond those customarily required at time of purchase prior to December 2012; 

e) Restrictions prohibiting the possession, carry or transport of lawfully acquired firearms or ammunition by law abiding adult citizens or minors supervised by adults.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court , designates Edwards County as a “SANCTUARY COUNTY” for those who have the legal right to 1 to own/possess firearms.

PRESENTED and APPROVED by the Edwards County Commissioners’ Court this 12th day of June, 2018.

County Judge Souli Asa Shanklin

Commissioner William Epperson, Precinct #1

Commissioner Lee Sweeten, Precinct #2

Commissioner Matt Fry, Precinct #3

Commissioner Andrew Barnebey, Precinct #4

Attest: County Clerk, Olga Lydia Reyes

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