Jeff Sadow: Louisiana pastors should help their churches by enacting concealed-carry security plan

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:00:43 AM. Louisiana's concealed-carry firearms law puts churchgoers at elevated risk, which, as recent events sadly illustrate, needs to change.
Louisiana's concealed-carry firearms law puts churchgoers at elevated risk, which, as recent events sadly illustrate, needs to change. Earlier this month, an emotionally disturbed gunman shot nearly 50 worshipers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 of them. The shooter likely would not have obtained the weapons he used had existing gun control laws been implemented and enforced. The Air Force had failed to alert authorities of his conviction for assault while in the service. Only the intervention of an armed nearby resident, who heard the shots and with return fire chased away the murderer, prevented more deaths. Although Texas law gives churches license to have firearms both openly and concealed on their premises, apparently no one inside carried one that day. The church also didn't have armed volunteer security, recently authorized by the state. According to the Department of Homeland Security, almost 4 percent of active shooter events occur in houses of worship. Some years ago, Louisiana’s elected officials responded to this grim possibility, although incompletely. In 2010, they enacted a law that allowed churches, synagogues, and mosques, with notifications to its members, to set up a security plan. Administrators can let congregation members, provided they hold concealed carry permits and undergo an additional eight hours of tactical training annually, possess firearms during services. Places of worship can also may hire off-duty law enforcement officers for this...Read more
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