Tag: guns in church

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Guns in Church Bill, Governor Plans to Sign

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Arkansas lawmakers Monday approved a bill that would allow firearms in churches, and now Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will have the final say. By a vote of 85 to 8, the State House of Representatives approved the bill, which allows churches to choose whether to allow handguns in their sanctuary. The State Senate gave the […]

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Churches consider response to concealed carry

| October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Come Tuesday, when Wisconsin's concealed-carry law takes effect, anyone entering Jackson Park Lutheran Church should leave their weapons at home. Soon, the south side church will be posting a sign that says, in effect: The only thing you ought to be packing in this house of God is your prayer books. Religious institutions, many of […]

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Court considers Georgia ban on guns in church

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Atlanta— There's a legal battle brewing in Georgia over whether licensed gun owners should be allowed to carry firearms to churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship after state lawmakers banned them from doing so last year. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments Thursday on a lawsuit brought by […]

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Bill would allow guns on campus, in church

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

A local lawmaker wants to allow Ohio gun owners to carry guns in colleges, churches, day care centers and government buildings. The bill would also eliminate the requirement for gun owners to carry their permit along with a firearm. This legislation, if passed, would expand on the bill that passed last week allowing guns in […]

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At some Virginia churches, guns are an invisible part of the routine

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Parishioners carried Bibles in embroidered cases, babies with ribbons in their hair, and flutes, violins and sheet music into Immanuel Bible Church for Palm Sunday services. And a few carried guns, tucked into waistbands, hidden under suit jackets. At least a dozen members of this Springfield congregation routinely bring concealed weapons to services, said the […]

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Ark. House approves bill letting pastors designate people to bring concealed guns to church

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Pastors would be able to give congregants with concealed weapons licenses permission to bring handguns to church under a bill that passed in the Arkansas House on Friday. Supporters portrayed the bill as giving churches more freedom. A bill passed two years ago included churches among a list of public places, […]

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Georgia lawmakers still debating guns in churches laws

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The debate continues over where gun permit holders should be allowed to carry their weapons. A bill approved by the State Senate would let the owners or members of a church decide whether to allow guns in their place of worship. Gun rights activists it's a good step forward, but many […]

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Senate approves guns in church bill

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Georgia Senate approved legislation last week that would let churches decide whether they want to allow weapons in their places of worship. The measure passed by a vote of 41-11. Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga says the bill treats churches like any other private property and offers smaller churches a way to protect […]

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State’s ‘gun-in-church’ law draws interest

| July 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Capt. Kenny Sanders' phone hasn't stopped ringing since Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the "gun-in-church" bill into law July 6. House Bill 1272, sponsored by Rep. Henry Burns, allows churches or other religious institutions to authorize people with concealed weapons permits and who have passed the required training to bring weapons into houses of worship […]

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No charges against woman who brought gun to church

| July 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Waukesha County prosecutors have decided not to cite a woman who wore a gun into a Brookfield church and had the loaded weapon inside her car when police stopped her a short time later. Krysta Sutterfield, 41, of Milwaukee was arrested July 4 after she wore the gun to services at the Unitarian Universalist Church […]

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La. bishops: No guns in Catholic churches

| July 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Concealed handguns won't be allowed in Roman Catholic churches, despite a new state law allowing them. "We don't think it is appropriate to have guns in churches," Danny Loar, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops — the church's public policy arm in Louisiana, said Monday. The law allows […]

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Local church plans to allow guns in sanctuary

| July 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A new law is set to take effect in mid August that would allow guns in church. Some church officials say guns have no place in a house of worship, while others believe in protecting their congregation by any means necessary. There are certain things we all expect to see […]

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Woman wears gun in holster to church

| July 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

A Unitarian Universalist church might well be the last place you'd expect to find someone wearing a gun. Maybe that's why Krysta Sutterfield chose the Unitarian church in Brookfield for an open-carry demonstration on Sunday. If she wanted to bring attention to the gun rights debate, she surely succeeded, though she probably didn't plan on […]

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Gov. Bobby Jindal signs bills allowing guns in church

| July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law one of the more controversial bills from the recent legislative session, one allowing guns to be carried into houses of worship. Jindal's office said Tuesday the governor acted on the bill in the past few days after receiving it June 20. Including the "gun-in-church" bill, House Bill 1272 […]

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Bill allowing guns in church is approved by House

| May 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Guns should be allowed in houses of worship as a way to protect congregants from attacks, if the pastor or head of the religious body approves, lawmakers said Wednesday. The House voted 74-18 for House Bill 68 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, sending it to the Senate for debate. The bill was heard last week […]

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