Is Your Church Calling a Cease Fire?
The Church & Gun Control
Anyone who’s been paying attention to the news recently can’t deny there has been a lot of talk and press dedicated to conceal/carry laws and gun control in general. Churches are by no means immune from this. In many cases, attacks against the church are right in the spotlight. While churches are serving their communities and carrying out their mission, it’s easy to not ask some of the important questions. Regardless of your stance on guns and whether or not church members should or shouldn’t carry guns, there are still questions to be asked.
With all the talk about guns, what do churches need to know?
The biggest thing churches need to know is that involvement in so called “religious activity” doesn’t leave them immune from the gun laws of their states. Churches need to know the laws of their particular state. In some states carrying a gun into church is a felony. In other states it isn’t prohibited. In every state there are places where guns are banned. These are typically places like courthouses, hospitals, schools, etc. In most states, churches aren’t on that list. When that’s the case, churches are allowed to permit or ban guns from their property and services.
For many churches, security is a major concern. In some cases, volunteers and members are encouraged to carry a concealed weapon to church. Other churches utilize the service of law enforcement personal, either active or retired. If a church suffers from an incident, the question is who is liable for the actions of the attendee with a gun? If the member is a law enforcement officer typically their office carries liability. If the member is a volunteer or an attendee, the liability of their actions can fall to the church.
If you have questions about how your church can be better protected, reach out to our ‘A’ Team and ask them about our Protection Ministry, uniquely designed to protect the mission of your church.
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