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Concealed Weapons at Church

Should we allow our security team to carry guns?

I am the Chief of Security for our church. Currently, in our Safety and Security Policy Manual, we have a firearms policy that specifically states that security team members are not authorized to carry a firearm unless they are a sworn police officer, reserve officer, or other law enforcement officer, such as working for the Department of Defense or Homeland Security.

We are considering revising this policy to possibly include allowing those members who have valid concealed carry permits to bring a firearm to church. They would be required to fulfill various field training hours, as well as other safety and training precautions. What are the pro and cons of implementing this revised policy?

The question you ask is being raised more frequently in churches across America. Before you revise your policy, watch my video that addresses this same question—"Armed Vigilantes and Church Security." Additionally, I evaluate various security measures churches can take in an in-depth Feature Report titled, "Does Your Church Need a Security Guard?"

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March 24, 2010

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