Sheriff Calls for ‘Sanctuary County’ to Protect Gun Rights

Sheriff Roger Deeds is calling for his county to stop enforcing new state and federal gun control laws. (Photo: Hood County Sheriff)

A sheriff in rural Hood County, Texas, has begun the process of declaring his jurisdiction a “sanctuary county” in which any new state and federal gun control laws will not be enforced.  

“People are scared. They don’t want to lose their rights,” Sheriff Roger Deeds told local media. “They have the right to protect themselves and we’re going to make sure that they keep that right to keep and bear arms and protect themselves.”

Deeds joins sheriffs in less gun-friendly states like Washington, Illinois, and California in calling for sanctuary counties to oppose state-level gun control laws. While the Texas legislature has historically defended gun rights, the Lone Star sheriff might be responding to calls for universal background checks from Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick following massacres in El Paso and Odessa.

“That gun didn’t pull its own trigger. It took somebody with a demented mind that was maybe in that mental crisis mode to pull that trigger,” Deeds said. “Here in this part of Texas people don’t take too kindly to others, especially from the federal government, talking about wanting to take away people’s rights, people’s weapons, rifles, pistols.

“My message to the people of Hood County is I’m not going to stand by and allow anybody, if it’s the federal government or whoever, stating that they’re going to take away people’s rifles. That’s not going to happen,” Deeds said. “It can’t happen under the constitution of the United States the way it’s wrote anyway.”

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Deeds told local media his proposal enjoys strong support from judges and county commissioners. If the proposal goes through it will have to be passed by the Commissioner’s Court of Hood County, and he hopes to get a vote next month.

“We’re doing this to the legal letter of the law, and that’s why we’re going to meet with the county attorney and make sure we get it spelled out right,” he said.

Pressure to enact more restrictive gun control laws has also come from Washington, where the Democrat-controlled House has passed numerous anti-gun bills, President Trump has waffled on his support for universal background checks, and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke vowed to confiscate AR-15’s and AK-47’s.

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Deeds is up for reelection next year, and some have suggested that the move is more about politics than gun rights.

Whatever his motivation, Hood County gun owners are no doubt happy to hear that their sheriff is willing to push back against federal lawmakers intent on confiscating their firearms.

“We’re not going to be messing with the Second Amendment in Hood County,” Deeds said.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • James October 10, 2019, 8:23 pm

    I recall a statement from an admiral Yamamoto at all his people were celebrating attacking Pearl harbor he was the only one that said I’m afraid all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant.

  • Calvin October 10, 2019, 8:14 pm

    Adolf Hitler banned guns and he made Germany a safe place for him to do what he wanted yes keep it up liberals for all who are oppressed shall always be some who will pick up the gautlet and resist oppression, tyranny, and submissive leaders who try to control the people

  • Doug September 30, 2019, 6:10 pm

    So hows the weather like in Hood County Texas?

  • John J. Pellegrino September 28, 2019, 1:09 pm

    Am I the only one that has this figured out?, or are the others too politically correct, The Government is behind all of the shootings and they make it look like something else which is their standard method of operation. These “shootings” are actually small False Flag operations. The Deep State never has liked our Constitution and have been working around it basically since it was ratified. The Deep State wants their own kind of government which is a totally controlled Police State where ONLY the police and the military have Guns and the Deep State has Total Control. They already have their Constitution for “The New States of America” written and where our current Constitution limits government’s power, their new Constitution affords the deep State absolute power, and make no mistake, it will be absolute power of Life or Death over all of us. None of this is new to the History of our World, it has happened many times before and History will repeat UNLESS we stop it. Many, MANY, millions have been slaughtered during governmental takeovers AFTER the Guns were collected If this post isn’t censored, Check out “The Millennium Report”, and you can read online, “Behold A Pale Horse” by William Cooper, 1991, a very different book that will shock you with info you never knew about before.

  • John Flowers September 27, 2019, 11:14 pm

    Well, lets see. The founding fathers left England for several reasons, one of them was the oppression they received from the King of England. One only has to read the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence to see the forefathers were basically fed it up with being told what to do, where to do it, etc. Hey, all you gun hating liberals, I have a good idea, ” if you don’t like guns, don’t buy one, but, don’t call the police, they have guns. You’ll get my all guns, when they’re hot and empty”

  • Godfrey Daniel September 27, 2019, 5:58 pm

    Now, THIS is common sense gun control.

  • Peter Brown September 27, 2019, 12:45 pm

    I declare my state of residence a sanctuary state. All browbeaten Patriots and those discriminated against and lied about by radical leftists are welcomed. Made at the same time of this declaration, communists, liberals, socialists, clin’ton supporters, and radical leftist politicians have 12 hours to haul their carcasses out of here.
    That felt good!

  • Tommy E. Wright September 27, 2019, 12:37 pm

    The country needs more people like Sheriff Deeds. I am going to reach out to our Sheriff and find out if he will do the same for Parker County, Texas.

  • Edgar September 27, 2019, 12:10 pm

    People driving under the influence of alcohol…kill many more people than all gun violence……Yet, we don’t hear a political call to ban alcohol and automobiles from society. Cigarette smoke kills more people than gun violence……and this resulted in the printing of a small warning on the package of cigarettes. There are many many more ridiculous things in life that result in higher death rates than firearms yet the political LIBERAL LEFT wants to deliver a blow to the CONSERVATIVE RIGHT so bad that they have chosen the 2nd Amendment as their target to hurt American Society. If they accomplish any means of gun control… will not affect the criminals or the mentally ill who are determined to hurt or kill others. It will only hurt 99.9% of the Legal Law Abiding citizens who RESPONSIBLE own guns. Liberal left are naive idiots if they think gun control will solve gun violence…..their true objective is to remove the 2nd Amendment completely. They are aware it is too much to do in one fell swoop….they are attempting it one piece at a time. We must stand strong and resist ALL efforts to impose controls on the freedom of our Constitutional Rights……that is EXACTLY why the founding fathers of this country wrote the US Constitution the way they did and as a result…..YES, we are the greatest and most FREE country in the world.

    • skipNclair September 27, 2019, 1:16 pm

      And the amount killed by abortions exceeds all these combined and we do not know the actual numbers. Making them also big hypocrites.

  • Dave September 27, 2019, 9:18 am

    The same people who do not understand the 2nd Amendment and why we need to protect it, are those who are trying to destroy all of our other rights. It’s scary because nearly half the country has bought in to the notion that the government knows best. We need more people like this Sheriff who can not only see what the problem is but who is willing to do something about it.
    We’ve already lost the right to free speech. Just try saying what you really think, when you’re in a public place, or using words that you only use between friends, and you will soon learn that even speaking can have you locked up, so how much more do we relinquish? As it stands right now, your right to bear arms is pretty much a joke. In most states, you need permission to carry and it must be concealed. Every state has different rules, so beware of that, or you could wind up in jail. Finally, there are so many places where you can not carry, that most of the time, many of us find it too troublesome to bother, so if you need it, you won’t have it.
    So what will you really do when “they” come knocking at your door, or knocking your door down, and asking for your guns?

  • Mitch Dennis September 27, 2019, 8:46 am


  • joefoam September 27, 2019, 8:20 am

    The real shame is that you have to declare a sanctuary from gov’t tyranny.

    • deanbob September 27, 2019, 10:00 am

      The founders did the best they could with our constitution; but, as one said, keeping it depends on a moral society. And anyone can see the leftward push on morals by the liberal progressives. The authors of the constitution said they wanted it to be interpreted exactly as written, when written; but for 100 years progressives have done all they can through changing the history books to outright lying
      to get people away from the constitution.

      • Michael J September 27, 2019, 11:55 am

        I totally agree, the framers never intended though for lifetime career politicians to take over the government and impose their will over the people. The Constitution is a work of genius, but I fear that those who are self-serving are more interested in staying in power than obeying it.
        Only limited terms can undo this stronghold and restore our Republic as the founder’s intended.

  • Whathappenedto mycountry September 27, 2019, 5:36 am

    Right-I am hoping for the same in NH. We are free, but for how long?

  • Rangemaster11B September 27, 2019, 3:30 am

    I’m happy I can count on my Sheriff to do the same, but being in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Kalifornia, he can’t be as direct as Sheriff Deeds.

  • SuperG September 26, 2019, 10:44 am

    This Sheriff, like the majority of them, gets it. The guns do not fire by themselves, it takes a demented mind to kill people for no reason. The sheeple do not hear the truth though, as they get their news from the like of Beto and other cowards.

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