February 17, 2009

No Guns in Church

Will you need to post these signs
at all entrances to your church?

The Arkansas House of Representatives last week passed HB 1237 that would allow holders of concealed carry permits to carry firearms in churches, unless the church posts signs prohibiting them. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

The New York Times reported last week that proponents of the bill say it is about the right of churches to make their own decisions -- without governmental intervention-- on whether or not to permit firearms. Opponents, though, say that the notion contradicts long tradition of viewing the church as a "sanctuary" free from the fear of violence. (ABP report.) The bill was introduced after a series of shootings at churches across the country. Source: Religion Clause blog

P.S. We note that these signs cost about $50-55 each.