League City City Council members have approved a resolution that states the city will not comply with new federal gun laws.
"The real intent behind the second amendment is not for hunting, it's really about self defense," said Heidi Thiess, who sponsored the resolution. "The true intent of the second amendment is for us to resist tyranny in our own government."
While President Barack Obama was giving the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the council members were voting to protect their rights, no matter the cost.
"I cited four authorities, I cited the second amendment, the ninth, the tenth and our own Texas constitution, all of which affirm and reaffirm our second amendment rights," said Theiss.
For some League City residents, like Michael Puga, they're on board.
"I believe that guns were given to us for a reason. We use them every day to protect our government. As far as abolishing them in the cities and states, I think it's ridiculous."
But others, like Rebecca Nelson, think it's a bad idea.
"Texas of all places has always been a very pro everyone gets to have as many guns as they want, so I understand why they would take a stand against it. It just doesn't seem very wise."
Here's the resolution:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS; AND PROVIDING OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT
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."
WHEREAS, the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people," 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 citizens of League City, Texas 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 upon by any government or organization, political or otherwise.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, as follows:
Section 1. The citizens representatives, City Council and Mayor of League City, Texas hereby call 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 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 City.
Section 3. That all agencies of the City of League City are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies acting under unconstitutional powers enumerated in Section 2above that would infringe upon our residents’ second, ninth, and tenth amendment rights, or other inalienable rights not here explicitly enumerated.
Section 4. The City of League City, State of Texas 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 the President of the United States; the President of the United States Senate; the Speaker of the House of Representatives; each member of Congress from the State of Texas; each justice on the United States Supreme Court; the Attorney General of the State of Texas; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Texas’ legislature; each individual legislator that represents our district in the State of Texas; and the Sheriff of Galveston County.
PASSED AND APPROVED on the 12th day of February, 2013.