Rains County Texas Proposes Line in the Sand Resolution Supporting 2nd Amendment Rights


On May 23, 2013 at 10am, a resolution to “Protect and Defend the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms” will be considered by the Rains County Commissioners Court in Emory, Texas. Working with local grassroots activists, the resolution was submitted by Commissioner Sylvia Witt.

Commissioner Witt released the following statement to TEAParty911.com:

Gun control advocates try to make the Second Amendment argument complex when it is not. What could be simpler than “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”?


Gun control advocates will try to divert the argument to semi-automatics, magazine capacity or background checks. Notice that none of these is mentioned in the Second Amendment.


The Second Amendment is not about hunting or shooting skeet. It is about the right to keep and bear arms for any reason!


I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. I introduced this resolution to Commissioners Court to give our County’s elected officials an opportunity to go on the record supporting the right to keep and bear arms. I hope your readers will attend the meeting on May 23rd to show their support.

Commissioner Witt’s resolution reads as follows:

Resolution No. 8 -2013

Resolution to Protect and Defend the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Whereas, a government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished American value and the foundation of our freedom; and We The People’s fundamental and inalienable right to self-govern, and thereby secure rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and;


Whereas, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “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 Texas Constitution, Article 1 Section 23a declares: “Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State,” and;


Whereas, the Texas Constitution, Article 1 Section 29 declares: “To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein delegated, we declare that everything in this ‘Bill of Rights’ is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void,” and;


Whereas, the citizens of RAINS COUNTY recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the TEXAS Constitution, and agree that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by any government or organization, political or otherwise.




Section 1. The RAINS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT hereby calls upon our state legislators and elected officials to join with us in the affirmation of the rights of our citizens under the 2nd Amendment.


Section 2. All federal acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, and rules or regulations of all kinds with the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore, infringes upon Texans’ right to keep and bear arms in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore, any such law is not made in pursuance of the Constitution, is not authorized by the Constitution, and thus, is not the supreme law of the land, and consequently, is invalid in the State of TEXAS and shall be further considered null and void and of no effect in this County.


Section 3. That all agencies within RAINS COUNTY are encouraged to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies acting under unconstitutional powers enumerated in Section 2 above that would infringe upon our residents’ second amendment rights or other inalienable rights not here explicitly enumerated.


Section 4. The RAINS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar Resolutions.


Section 5. That copies of this Resolution be immediately transmitted to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; Representative Ralph Hall; the Attorney General of the State of TEXAS; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the TEXAS legislature; each individual legislator that represents our district in the State of TEXAS; and the Sheriff of RAINS COUNTY.

Support 2nd Amendment Rights in Rains County TexasTEAParty911.com invites patriots from not only Rains County, but the entire surrounding area to attend the Commissioner’s Court meeting on May 23rd at 10am at the court house in Emory, Texas to show their support of our 2nd Amendment rights. Join Rains County in drawing “a line in the sand”.

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