1. Should we arm our security team?
This is really up to each church. Evaluate your risks and the make-up of your team.
You also need to understand the laws in your community. We primarily operate in three states (California, Arizona, and Nevada), and all three states are very different.
If your church is in California and has a school during the week (or is within 1,000 feet of another school), Governor Brown’s ‘Gun Free Zone’ extends to churches all times of the day, all year-round. Nuances in the law could result in some concealed weapons permit holders being charged with a felony if the board doesn’t take a few simple steps.
In Nevada, some insurance companies will cancel your insurance if anyone on your staff is armed.
Arizona is still like the Wild West. In some churches half of the people in the pews will be armed on a Sunday morning, which could open up a whole ...