Conroe, September 26 – The Montgomery County government quietly succumbed to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Texas on Friday, September 22, 2017, after this newspaper complained about the clear violation of citizens’ constitutional rights by the installation and operation of a metal detector at the front entrance of the Sadler Administration Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe. In other words, Montgomery County has REMOVED THE METAL DETECTOR AT THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE NON-JUDICIAL BUILDING. Please see “BREAKING NEWS: County Attorney Lambright, The Golden Hammer Partner to Vindicate Gun Rights!!!” The Golden Hammer, April 4, 2017.
By moving the metal detector to the Fourth Floor in front of the Commissioners Courtroom and only operating the security measure the day of Commissioners Court meetings, the County will save substantial tax dollars and finally come into compliance with the Constitution as well as the direction of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
On April 4, 2017, this newspaper reported:
“At approximately 10:47 a.m., The Golden Hammer‘s Publisher and Lead Photographer proceeded to the metal detector wrongfully located on the first floor at the front of the Sadler Building with the Publisher openly carrying a handgun on his side. The security guard followed constitutional procedures and, after checking for a License-To-Carry license, as the Texas Government Code mandates, permitted the Publisher and his sidearm into the Building without suffering through the metal detector.
“At the moment of vindication for the Second Amendment rights of Montgomery County citizens, a small crowd of friends gave the Publisher of The Golden Hammer a “thumbs up.” The Golden Hammer staff proceeded – with sidearm – to the third floor in order to congratulate Second Amendment Hero J.D. Lambright, the Montgomery County Attorney, for being a man of his word. Lambright told a room full of people on April 3, who complained about the Sadler Administration Building interference with their gun rights, that they should “call me” if there’s any sort of problem.
“There is one remaining issue with respect to the metal detector on the first floor in the front of the Sadler Building. The County should move the metal detector upstairs to the fourth floor at the front of the Commissioners Courtroom where it belongs. That would constitute the full vindication of Montgomery County citizens’ rights under the Texas and United States Constitutions. It would also save taxpayers a lot of money, because there’s no reason for operation of security or the metal detector, unless the Commissioners Court is actually holding a meeting, which only happens for a few short hours every two weeks.”
Paxton has made clear that courthouse buildings that restrict the entry of holders of “licenses to carry” may suffer civil fines of up to $10,000 per day. County office buildings that contain non-judicial county administrative offices, such as the county clerk, county treasurer, and county elections offices may not restrict the movement of license to carry holders or of citizens who do not wish to enter through a metal detector. Only courts and court administrative offices may have metal detectors in front of them.
Therefore, under Texas law, Montgomery County has been in violation for some time, since the County has maintained a metal detector on the first floor at the front of the Sadler Building.
Fortunately, the County has come into compliance with the law in that regard.
Additionally, of course, it’s improper for Doyal to maintain the 30.06 and 30.07 stickers on his office window, but the failure to comply with Texas law doesn’t seem to be a problem for Doyal and his arrogant whims.
Under the veil of secrecy Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has cloaked over the County government and the deliberations concerning public issues, the Commissioners Court only meets briefly two Tuesday mornings each month for “open meetings.” Otherwise, deliberations occur deep in the bowels of the County government, usually behind improperly locked doors, in secrecy.