Wednesday was a test run of new security measures at the Grimes County Justice Center for attending Commissioner’s Court, as attendees had to go through a search, and surrender any weapons, or other things.
On the agenda was an action item to make these measures the new norm for attending meetings, and County Judge Joe Fauth presented his reasoning in favor of the upgrades.
“The idea is trying to be proactive, with some of the crazy stories we hear around the nation today. At any given time here, you have a minimum of 6 to 8 elected officials in this court room, plus citizens and departments heads,” said Fauth. “Someone comes in, complaining about potholes on their road, and has had enough, might want to take it out.”
A motion was then made by Fauth to approve the new security regulations, something with which Commissioner Phillip Cox shared vehement protestations.
“I am fearful this, specifically, targets the possession of firearms. So, I can go to the State Capitol, and carry my firearm, but I cannot come to Commissioner’s Court, where I am supposed to be close with my constituents…the law allows it. We built this new Justice Center, and designed it to allow for protections of judicial courts, while maintaining individual rights and compliance with laws, would allow people to carry firearms in here,” said Cox.
“We voted, unanimously, in favor of a resolution not long ago, declaring Grimes County as a gun sanctuary county. And this discussion is in direct contradiction of that resolution.”
After further discussion, Commissioner Chad Mallet rescinded his seconded motion to approve the security changes, and the motion was denied.