Pastors discuss topic of guns in churches - - Jackson, MS

Pastors discuss topic of guns in churches

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Charleston church shooting has forced pastors to rethink how safe they are at church.

Representative Andy Gipson is both a pastor and a state representative.

He said, "I became concerned about small churches like mine and others that, you know, we don't have the funds to hire security."

That prompted Gipson to draft proposed legislation for security purposes, because he says there are conflicting laws on the books.

The general permit law says you can't carry at a church, but enhanced carry holders may. There also aren't any limits on open or purse carry.

Gibson said, "It would be a brand new law to clarify the existing law because currently the law is silent or contradictory on the authority to carry in a church or place of worship."

Pastor Jesse Horton's church put up "no guns allowed" signs after the open carry debate. He's since had to rethink that, to some degree.

Horton said, "You need someone that would be armed. It's gonna be hard to wrestle a person down with a gun and you don't have anything to protect yourself."

There are a couple of retired policemen that Horton has asked to carry and given them permission to carry at all times in his congregation.

Under the proposed law, if a church adopted a security plan, they would be granted civil immunity.

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