The resolution, which is being sent to the Commissioners , can be seen below. It focuses on the Republican Party of Texas Platform which speaks about the people's right to carry as well as the recently passed license to carry (LTC) laws in Texas.
Currently, a prohibited area (Courtroom) inside of a multi-purpose building does not make the entire building housing that prohibited space, gun free. Courtrooms are, of course, prohibited and gun free. But Liberty County, along with many other counties in the State, have multi-purpose buildings where non-prohibited areas where LTC individuals can carry, such as a County Clerk's office and the Tax office, share a building with courtrooms. Many counties have solved this issue by various means from removing those public offices from the buildings or allowing LTC individuals to carry freely in those buildings. Liberty County Commissioners, rather than considering this in their security plans, have taken the route some more liberal counties have in challenging the law and the Republican State Attorney General by not allowing licensed carry holders into public areas at all.
Certainly one of the longest meetings in in recent memory, the LCGOP Executive Committee held extended debate and discussion on the issue. The area's SREC Committeeman , Terry Holcomb, was in attendance and spoke in favor of the resolution. Commissioners Greg Arthur and Bruce Karbowski were also present. At one point, Anne Kebodeaux, Precinct Chairwoman # 9, did ask Commissioner Arthur for his opinion, to which the commissioner stated he was here to listen to the opinion of the LCGOP, not really to state an opinion, and that everyone's safety was their priority.
The final vote, after some changing of language, was 12 precinct chairs in favor and one in opposition; With the final message being that while the local party strongly supports courthouse security, it does not condone the commissioners challenging current law and State AG opinion while eroding liberties of LTC individuals. At one point in debate, Jeff LeBlanc, Precinct Chairman #29 did ask "If the money is already being spent on Courthouse Security, and we are closing down all entrances but one, adding metal detectors and arming that post, there is no reason at that point people entering can't be checked for a LTC. If they have one, let them in and bypass the metal detector just as is done at our very State Capitol." A few local Precinct Chairs had also recently taken to social media with polls asking how their local constituents felt on this issue and all of those polls returned a support for LTC anywhere from 75% - 95% in favor with vote totals as high as 600 responses.