We, the people of Gun Barrel City, Texas, in order to provide for the future progress of our city, establish and maintain a system of self-government based on sound fiscal and operational methods, insure equal protection and treatment for all persons and secure fully the benefits of our location and environment, do hereby adopt this Home Rule Charter in accordance with Article XI, Section 5 of the Texas Constitution and the statutes of the State of Texas; and we do hereby declare the citizens of the City of Gun Barrel City, Henderson County, residing within the legally established boundaries of said city, to be a political subdivision of the State of Texas incorporated forever under the name of the “City of Gun Barrel City” with such powers, rights and duties as herein provided.