Add Ellis County to the growing list of Texas counties declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.

On Tuesday, the Ellis County Commissioners Court unanimously voted 4-0 to approve a resolution protecting citizens’ “inalienable and individual right” to keep and bear arms and affirming support for their sheriff in protecting that right.

Commissioner Paul Perry introduced the Second Amendment preservation resolution designating Ellis a “sanctuary county” for gun rights. The resolution mirrors pledges approved by other Texas counties this year: Smith, Parker, and Hood counties in October; Presidio in July; and Hudspeth in March.

They are part of a growing movement in Texas and across the United States to protect citizens’ gun rights in the face of confiscation threats from far-left Democrats like failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, as well as pushes from Republicans like Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.

At the same time, politicians in both parties are promoting “red-flag” laws that allow authorities to skirt due process rights and confiscate firearms from people the government decides are dangerous.

“These resolutions are a strong, positive step forward in asserting the responsibility and authority of the county sheriff,” Gun Owners of America’s Texas Director Rachel Malone posted on Facebook after the vote. “A county sheriff is our last line of defense in upholding constitutional rights.”

The resolutions in Ellis and elsewhere say the counties will “support decisions made by our Sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen” and will not authorize use of county resources “for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Read the full resolution here.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.