What business does the state have banning guns from places of worship? It’s private property. Shouldn’t the owners of a given piece of property be allowed to decide whether or not they will or won’t allows firearms on their own little slice of the American dream? That’s a semi-rhetorical question (Martin). Obviously, the state government feels free to dictate to the public who can own firearms; and where/how/why and when they can carry/store/shoot them. I’m sure some case can be made for why places of worship should be killing fields—I mean, gun-free sanctuaries. A non-congregant could enter a churches, synagogues, Wicca invocations, etc., unknowingly facing the danger of not being killed by a terrorist—I mean, unknowingly facing the internet dangers of an armed assembly of God or Satan-fearing men, women and children. For example, “This would make Pentecostal church service even scarier than they already are. Imagine some guy being overcome with the holy spirit, speaking in tongues with a loaded side arm.” Let’s get to this, shall we?
Yesterday, the Louisiana legislature passed House Bill 68. If/when approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, Pelican State permit holderes will be able to pack heat in LouZeeAnna’s places of worship. With a couple of caveats:
House Bill 68 allows churches, mosques, and synagogues to choose to establish a “security plan” for their constituents, permitting members of the congregation with concealed weapons permits to carry guns during services.
One of the amendments requires those who are part of the security plan to go through eight hours of tactical training, provided by local law enforcement. The other amendments require that the congregation be notified that the security force exists, and prohibits any guns from being used in places of worship on college campuses.
The wording [directly] above is a little misleading. In this version of the law, worshipful members don’t HAVE to opt-in to the non-secular security force. They can carry even if they view the government as a godless, proto-tyrannical organization secretly planning to confiscate their firearms. Or that God talk them to take up the serpent, for that matter.
Of course, the funny thing is, House 68 “corrects a problem” that many in Louisiana didn’t even know existed. Bill sponsor State Rep. Henry Burns (R) admitted that “many people say they didn’t know it was against the law to carry weapons into church in the first place.” Won’t they be relieved when they learn a law that they thought wasn’t there, isn’t.