Consideration for bill to allow guns at churches that share property with schools is postponed

Consideration for bill to allow guns at churches that share property with schools is postponed

Gun Rights

A Florida lawmaker is fighting to allow concealed weapons on certain church campuses. Senate bill 1238 was set to be considered by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee today in Tallahassee. Action News Jax reporter Courtney Cole spoke with members of a local church about how that bill would affect their safety protocol. TRENDING: If you have a concealed weapons license, Sen. Debbie Mayfield, the Republican state senator who represents District 17, thinks you should be allowed to carry your gun at a church and other religious institutions that share property with schools. "I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it would proliferate guns and the opportunity for mischief and misuse of guns,” Gilbert Wright told Action News Jax. Cole spoke to members of a local church that falls under the parameters of this bill. Impact Church and Impact Academy are in Jacksonville’s East Arlington area. "The safety of our folks, the safety of our parishioners, the safety of our students, our staff is huge for us,” said Randall Jordan, the Executive Director of Administration for Impact which came to Jacksonville in 1996. “The school is a part of our ministry. So the school and church are one and the same for us. It’s a part of the vision of our pastors since day one,” said Jordan. The director also said that safety has always been a No. 1 priority. “With respect to both the church and the school — we have people who are here at all […]

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