Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced in an email to constituents Saturday he will introduce a resolution affirming gun ownership rights during Monday’s commissioners court meeting, making Collin the most populous Texas county to join the Second Amendment movement.

Conservative Texans in over a dozen counties statewide have urged local officials to pass Second Amendment “sanctuary” resolutions to demonstrate unified opposition to attacks on constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. They are part of a nationwide movement defending citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms against unconstitutional confiscation threats.

Hill explained in his email why Collin officials believe the statements are important, and how the county’s resolution will differ from others:

For the past several weeks, commissioners across Texas have been adopting resolutions declaring their counties to be “sanctuary counties” in defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

Elected officials are reaffirming their support for the Constitution and the laws of our state and nation, while pledging their commitment to protect the liberties that all free people enjoy. It may seem peculiar that this would even be necessary. Some ask the question, “Why must I now take a new oath promising that I will honor my original oath?”

In response to the terrible violence committed by evil gunmen against innocent (and typically unarmed) members of our communities, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented attack on the liberties of law-abiding citizens. Liberal Democrats like Beto O’Rourke have responded to mass shootings with a misguided crusade to disarm (all) lawful citizens because of the horrendous actions of (a few) unlawful criminals. This is wrong, and it is foolhardy. Does anyone really believe that criminals would commit fewer gun crimes if lawful citizens possessed fewer guns?

Frustrated Texans want to know if their elected leaders will uphold their oath of office, or if those leaders support the liberal agenda to confiscate guns and thereby establish themselves to be oath-breakers.

In Commissioners Court on Monday, I will introduce a resolution that would make Collin County the most recent and most populous county to join the 2nd Amendment movement.

Spoiler alert: You won’t find the word “sanctuary” anywhere in our “sanctuary county” resolution. Why, you ask? It’s simple. Leftists have long used the terms “sanctuary city,” “sanctuary county,” and even “sanctuary state” to declare their disregard for and disobedience to laws they don’t like. They establish themselves as kings, ignoring the legislative process while violating their oath of office. By contrast, we declare our support for the laws of our state and nation, and our commitment to those liberties endowed by our Creator and enshrined in our Constitution. Here in Collin County, we will be faithful to the oath we took to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States and of the State of Texas. So help us God.

As Texas Scorecard reported last week, Collin will join 15 other Texas counties that have passed similar resolutions: Hudspeth, Edwards, Mitchell, Presidio, Hood, ParkerSmithEllis, Kaufman, NolanStephensPalo PintoUpshurMontgomery, and Wood. Eastland County commissioners are also set to consider a Second Amendment resolution on Monday.

Collin County Commissioners Court will meet Monday, November 25, at 1:30 p.m. to consider the resolution. Citizens who want to weigh in on the issue can speak at the meeting or contact commissioners directly.

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.