Senate kills ‘guns in church’ bill

A Senate committee has defeated a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches.

The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday.

The measure by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would have required the religious leader of a church, mosque or synagogue to sign off on any plan to allow weapons inside churches.

Burns told the committee that changing times mean that churches are not the safe places they used to be and so should be able to take steps to protect their parishioners.

The bill required churches choosing to allow concealed carry provisions to notify their congregations. Whomever would be carrying the weapons in the church would have had to take eight hours of tactical training each year.

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