After the November 5, 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas that killed 26 people and injured 20 others, a number of churches across America are realizing that they have a responsibility to protect the people during worship times. Some churches have created unarmed security teams to keep a watch out for any kind of trouble and others are asking for some people to carry concealed weapons during church to help protect the people.
In Livingston Parish, Louisiana, just east of Baton Rouge and north of Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, the sheriff’s department has announced that they will be offering a course to help train church members who are certified to carry a firearm at their churches during services.
(The Livingston Parish News) – The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a firearms class for church members or groups to be certified to have firearms in their places of worship.
The class will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 10, at the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 29225 Woodside Drive, Walker.
The classes will allow church members or groups to meet the requirement in RS 40:139.3(U):
“Any church, synagogue, or mosque authorizing the carrying of concealed handguns pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall require an additional eight-hour tactical training for those persons wishing to carry concealed handguns in the church, synagogue, or mosque.”
Cost is $125 per student…
Many churches don’t believe in firearms on the premises or in any kind of violence, but then they fail to understand that they are placing the lives of their worshippers in danger by not providing some kind of security. Like it or not, modern day America is a violent place where whackos tend to target gun-free zones, including churches.