Panola County commissioners voted Tuesday morning to declare the county as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

The resolution, adopted unanimously by commissioners, supports the county’s duly-elected sheriff “in the exercise of his sound discretion, and affirms its resolve to support decisions by our Sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen.”

The resolution also says the commissioners’ court will not appropriate funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, jails or offices “for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

When asked by the audience about the impact this resolution would have on ammunition, Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones said Tuesday she would look into it.

“This is strictly the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms,” she said. “I’m not sure where the ammunition is going to fall.”

Pct. 1 Commissioner Ronnie LaGrone thanked Pct. 4 Commissioner Dale LaGrone for getting the resolution kicked off.

“It was under his guidance that he and I talked with Representative Paddie and went forward with this,” Ronnie LaGrone said.

Nicole Tarpley, Panola County GOP Chair, thanked commissioners for adopting the resolution.

“The Constitution has been around for such a long, long time and it has served us very well. It’s a sad thing that we have to say that we’re in support of it,” she said. “We should always be in support of it, and we should always defend it, protect it. The Second Amendment is one of the items that is upon the national public eye, and we must do everything we can to protect our Constitution. I am very, very proud Panola County for adopting this.”


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.