|Upshur County, Texas (Wikipedia map)|
"We don't want our Second Amendment rights to be stripped away from us,"David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, told CNN shortly after the Illinois county passed its sanctuary resolution. "If we protect immigrants with sanctuary cities, why not use similar laws to protect our rights to own a gun?"
Upshur County, Texas, pop. 39,309, became one of the latest to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary county last Friday, Ken Hedler reports for the Longview News-Journal. It's the ninth Texas county out of 254 to make the declaration. In Texas, the recent uptick in such declarations could be attributed to threats by Democratic presidential candidates (especially Texan Beto O'Rourke) to impose stricter limits on some firearms.
"It is a symbolic gesture to show the state Legislature we think we ought to be able to protect our Second Amendment rights," County Judge Todd Tefteller said after the 5-0 vote. "It’s more like sending a message, but I don’t have any fear in losing my constitutional rights."