RUSK – County leaders threw their support behind local constituents Tuesday, adopting a resolution declaring Cherokee County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, to the approval of a courtroom filled with supporters.
Describing the court as “men of character, principle and morality (who are) dedicated public servants of Cherokee County and their community,” resident Chris Dover lauded their actions.
“This is not a line on a political resume,” he reminded them. “Realize that you are drawing a line in the sand. Much like founders and framers of this great nation, you're pledging your lives, your fortune and your sacred honor to seal our county from unconstitutional state and federal over-reach.”
But, he added, “you are not alone; you have a lot of people in your county who will stand with you and pledge the same … I pray that when and if the time comes to stand, you will remember why you passed it.”
Cherokee joins Smith and Wood counties in adopting resolutions proclaiming itself as a sanctuary for the Second Amendment.
According to “Reason” magazine, “the phrase 'Second Amendment sanctuary' is an umbrella term used to describe a jurisdiction that passes a resolution declaring that restrictive gun control laws another legislative body passes are unconstitutional and will not be enforced there.
“The concept is an adaptation of the immigration 'sanctuary city' movement, in which some cities and counties (and now whole states) generally decline to ask residents about their immigration status or assist the federal government in enforcing immigration laws. The resolutions can vary, but generally, Second Amendment sanctuaries refuse to dedicate resources to enforcing things like 'red flag' laws and bans on certain weapons,” the magazine's website noted.
The Cherokee County Commissioners' resolution – placed on the agenda by Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton – describes the Commissioners Court's “oath to support and defend the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Texas, and the laws of the State of Texas,” saying county leaders would “stand and defend (county residents') rights and liberties, which are guaranteed by the United States and Texas Constitutions.”
Additionally, the court “affirms it support for the duly elected sheriff of Cherokee County, Texas, in the exercise of his sound discretion, and affirm its resolve to support decisions by our sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen,” nor “authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Although Pct. 4 Commissioner Billy McCutcheon was not present for Tuesday's meeting, the court unanimously adopted the resolution.
“As elected officials, each year we are re-elected, we all take an oath that we will uphold the Constitution and try to do what's right,” County Judge Chris Davis told the audience attending the meeting. “I think it's great we reinforce those oaths we've already taken, just to make it even more clear that we are standing fast by the oaths we've made.”
In other action, the court:
• Approved a request from Southern Utilities to perform a road bore on County Road 3507;
• Approved a tax refund of $546.54 to a resident who qualified for 100 percent disabled veteran exemption;
• Cast its 1,447 allotted votes for the Cherokee County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Jay Jones received 700 votes; 300 to Doug Gowin; 223 to Doyle Smith; and 224 to Joe Taylor.
• Accepted a $59,254.60 check from JAMEX, Inc, for road damage to County Road 4807 in Pct. 4;
• Approved a consent agenda that features monthly reports from Pct. 2 and Pct. 3 Constables; approval of Ganske Subdivision No. 1, a subdivision of nine acres in the J.B. Kerr Survey, Abstract No. 493. Cherokee County, Texas – no roads; and payment of bills, payroll and transfer of funds.
Items calling for transferral of Judgement NISI revenue – collected and held in the Registry of the Court – into the General Fund and for amending a budget amendment account to consider options to the hire of a salaried court reporter for the 2nd District Court were tabled to allow all members of the court to weigh in, as well as to give Judge Chris Day more time to gather information.
The court passed on considering an agenda item that looked at a road use agreement with Valence Operating Company for CR 4912 in Pct. 4.