Church Carry

Discussion in 'CCW & Open Carry' started by 4095fanatic, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Going to church tomorrow... and leaving the piece in the car. Despite the fact that I really think it would be better to carry (the church shootings are still in the back of my mind), I will respect the rules governing a place of worship. Don't really feel comfortable going to the pastor and asking for permission to carry (especially since this is my first time going there). I'll sometimes bend the rules a wee bit, but to me this is one that I'll treat as inflexible. Opinions?
  2. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    I would carry it.

  3. I've been wavering... but as tempted as I am, there are a few things I view as sacred in this world, and a house of God is one of them. Then again, if you look at it from a WWJD perspective, he might say "go for it". Who knows?
  4. AndrewST

    AndrewST Guest

    I would carry. If it was brought up they should understand why you are carrying and not make a big deal out of it.

    I could only imagine the worst that would happen is that they would politely ask you to leave it in your car next time. If they reacted anymore than that, I would find another church.

    Than again, I have been to churches in my area where the pastor gives service in he is going hunting after church with a few members. :D
  5. Well, in Missouri it's not a crime to do so. All they can do you is ask you to leave, and you face a $100 fine if you refuse to do so and a peace officer has to escort you out. So I'm not worried about breaking the law (I carried in a posted area when I was with a friend who's car didn't lock; I didn't want to leave it in the supermarket parking lot in an unlocked car). I just feel about this the same way I do about not cursing in front of women or children, being polite to my grandma even when she's going on one of her tirades, etc. Now though you have me wondering... maybe it's time to bust out the PagerPal again?
  6. Strangerous

    Strangerous Member


    I would ask the preacher, my uncle is a preacher, and i know for a fact he would not mind licensed permit holders carrying inside the church...

    EDIT:: We are in SC, in the bible belt, and the 2nd amendment is cited as much as John 3:16 in these parts.
  7. I can tell you that I don't carry in church. That isn't to say that I might not have one in the car, because I always do.

    For ME, carrying a gun into church because of church shootings is a way of saying that I am expecting trouble. This is counterintuitive to worship for me. But that's ME, not you.

    On the other hand, if it's concealed, and no one knows you're carrying, you don't disrupt the service. I don't think I'd ask for permission either, because that's the same as advertising that you have a gun in church, and that might make people uncomfortable either. If the church has some posting asking people not to bring weapons in, I'd likely abide by it.

    But again, that's just my opinion. If not having protection prevents you from worshipping comfortably, that's something to think about too.

  8. Strangerous

    Strangerous Member

  9. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    Good point loopy!
  10. one might substitute MALL and SHOPPING in your point....... Or restaurant and eating... That's a bit of a slippery slope in a way.

    WWJD - good question. Would he mind a law-abiding citizen worshiping him, and at the same time being to protect his family, and many parishioners should the need arise? Don't know.
  11. Silicon Wolverine

    Silicon Wolverine Well-Known Member

    the lord helps those who helps themselves. i carry in church and if they dont like it i leave and do not return.

  12. Here in Georgia you cant carry in church as well as a few other places.
  13. neothespian

    neothespian Member

    Myself? I do not carry at ALL at Temple. I don't even keep a firearm or any other weapon in the car or bike. Simple as that. The belief that by adhering to the Eight Fold Path, I will be in the proper position no matter what may occur, especially in a Temple. Also, the presence of a firearm WILL disturb others, hence distracting them from the path of "Right Thought" and "Right Action", forcing them to act in a way contrary to their nature.

    In my situation, it would disturb more than protect. But, every situation is different.

    In Arizona, there was a situation where about a dozen Buddhist monks were shot to death in a robbery in a Temple in North Phoenix. Many of these questions came up during the investigation and are still a concern, but the strength in defence comes in the community.
  14. 15 minutes until I go to church... *sigh*. I think I'll bring it in the car, but leave it in the parking lot.
  15. Disregard. Taking it in my PagerPal (unless they're posted).
  16. Kelotravolski

    Kelotravolski Member

    what exactly is this pager pal?
  17. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Guest

    i'd have mixed feelings about carrying in church in most cases however in my state i believe it's illegal anyway.
  18. pills

    pills Guest

    In my state it is ok. In my church it ok. I have it on very good authority the pastor and some of the deacons carry.

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    WOW!! I gotta tell my paster [he'll flip hid lid :wink:]
  20. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Guest

    lol take the carbine just to be on the safe side.

    i esp like: It is illegal to give or receive oral sex in South Carolina.
    and oh this is a good one also: Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.

    and who would'nt love this law: When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.

    no ones left out with the wife-beater law: It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

    Heres some from my state:

    It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
    .. I was'nt aware of any whales in ohio.

    No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.
    .. cops break this law all the time.