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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Brian D. » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:13 pm

M-Q, have you seen religious spokespersons at Statehouse hearings, or even at a City Hall meeting of similar type? With some of them, as soon as they reach the dais, it turns into a pulpit. They don't offer testimony, they "TESTIFY". A few will even bring a small chorus of "A-MENers!" to amplify their message and tone. Then they won't engage in dialog with legislators, or converse with others who don't share their opinions.

I'm not saying that SHOULD be effective, but it seems to be at times. I've seen it.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby schmieg » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:19 pm

Brian D. wrote:M-Q, have you seen religious spokespersons at Statehouse hearings, or even at a City Hall meeting of similar type? With some of them, as soon as they reach the dais, it turns into a pulpit. They don't offer testimony, they "TESTIFY". A few will even bring a small chorus of "A-MENers!" to amplify their message and tone. Then they won't engage in dialog with legislators, or converse with others who don't share their opinions.

I'm not saying that SHOULD be effective, but it seems to be at times. I've seen it.

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes with them as well.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby M-Quigley » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:53 pm

Brian D. wrote:M-Q, have you seen religious spokespersons at Statehouse hearings, or even at a City Hall meeting of similar type? With some of them, as soon as they reach the dais, it turns into a pulpit. They don't offer testimony, they "TESTIFY". A few will even bring a small chorus of "A-MENers!" to amplify their message and tone. Then they won't engage in dialog with legislators, or converse with others who don't share their opinions.

I'm not saying that SHOULD be effective, but it seems to be at times. I've seen it.


But what is their message anyway? Do they just rail on about how bad guns are, and how they shouldn't be in churches? They would still be allowed to prohibit guns in churches anyway without having a special status over other groups, businesses or non religious organizations under the law? Or is no one allowed to ask them that question?
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby buckeye43210 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:02 am

This is one of the few times I would play the separation of church and state card...
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby walnut red » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:51 pm

Buckeyedoc wrote:Ok, I know that if a pastor authorizes concealed carry in their church, it's ok. However, a few weeks back, we visit a new church. After the service, a member of the "security" team approached me and asked if I knew it was illegal to carry in their church. Our kids had attended their VBS this summer and I knew their "security" team carried concealed. Anywho, I asked if they were certified security guards, licensed in the state of Ohio. He said they weren't licensed. I asked him if they carry based on their CHL. He said they did. It is my understanding that with churches, it's all or nothing. The pastor can't allow certain people and prohibit others. Is this correct. I can't find anything stating one way or the other. I scheduled a meeting with the pastor to discuss this topic and would like to have some ground to stand on either way.


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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby NealClemens » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:53 pm

I have a question that I would appreciate input on. I am trying to find out if one can store their firearm in their car on church property or whether simply having a gun in the car requires permission from church leadership. My guess is that permission is not needed to have it in your car, but I can't find the specific language that would tell me where the line is in this area. Any input you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Qfac » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:48 am

The law changed earlier this year to allow storage in your car all most everywhere, unless prohibited federally.

Sec. 2923.1210. (A) A business entity, property owner, or public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting a person who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when both of the following conditions are met:
(1) Each firearm and all of the ammunition remains inside the person's privately owned motor vehicle while the person is physically present inside the motor vehicle, or each firearm and all of the ammunition is locked within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or container within or on the person's privately owned motor vehicle;
(2) The vehicle is in a location where it is otherwise permitted to be.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Mustang380gal » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:39 pm

JustaShooter wrote:
MyWifeSaidYes wrote:This is one of those laws that I REALLY want to tackle, but then I realize there is absolutely NO POINT in doing so.

WITH the law, the place of worship can allow carry, IF they want to.

WITHOUT the law, the place of worship can allow carry IF they want to.

So, the fight is with the individual places of worship...not the law.

I disagree, there is a point in doing so - two of them, actually.

First, the difference between "opting out" and "opting in" is a very important distinction. They should be treated no differently than any other private entity. You don't want people to carry, post a sign. Allowing them the privilege of opting in to carry, with no signage requirement, gives them special standing in the law, and that is wrong.
Second, by making it a statutory no-carry zone, it becomes a Felony under Ohio law. This makes it worth fighting in my opinion *especially* since there is no signage requirement.

Is it as important as some of the other initiatives we are working on? Not to me, but others may disagree.


The lack of signage requirement can really be a problem.

I was on a quilt shop hop, going from quilt shop to quilt shop quite a few years ago which was organized by the shops. One of them had arranged for a quilt show nearby in a gymnasium. Low and behold, it was a church gymnasium. I thought it was a local community center. I saw it from the back, only seeing the gymnasium part, and didn't realize until I went into the building that it was a church. There was no sign on the back to indicate that it was a church, either. And of course, no sign indicating "no carry".

So I would at least like to see church carry reduced to a trespass violation.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby airforcegrunt » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:27 am

Mustang380gal wrote:I was on a quilt shop hop, going from quilt shop to quilt shop quite a few years ago which was organized by the shops. One of them had arranged for a quilt show nearby in a gymnasium. Low and behold, it was a church gymnasium. I thought it was a local community center. I saw it from the back, only seeing the gymnasium part, and didn't realize until I went into the building that it was a church. There was no sign on the back to indicate that it was a church, either. And of course, no sign indicating "no carry".

So I would at least like to see church carry reduced to a trespass violation.


Reminds me of those "storefront" churches.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Cruiser » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:48 am

airforcegrunt wrote:
Mustang380gal wrote:I was on a quilt shop hop, going from quilt shop to quilt shop quite a few years ago which was organized by the shops. One of them had arranged for a quilt show nearby in a gymnasium. Low and behold, it was a church gymnasium. I thought it was a local community center. I saw it from the back, only seeing the gymnasium part, and didn't realize until I went into the building that it was a church. There was no sign on the back to indicate that it was a church, either. And of course, no sign indicating "no carry".

So I would at least like to see church carry reduced to a trespass violation.


Reminds me of those "storefront" churches.

What makes a "place of worship" a Church?
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Mr. Glock » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:25 pm

And did we learn the result of the OP’s meeting?
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Cruiser » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:15 pm

Mr. Glock wrote:And did we learn the result of the OP’s meeting?

Oops, My bad.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby NealClemens » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:06 pm

Well, I got a call today from the chair of our church board. I approached them to request permission to carry after the events of a week ago Sunday in Texas. The good news is that I was surprised- we have attended a Mennonite (pacifist) church for more than 20 years. I and my wife were raised Baptist and Mennonites are theological cousins with the exception of the peace issue. I expected them to dismiss the request out of hand, as the three members of the primary governing body were raised in the church and the pacifist view is very closely held by them. I was told that they were not comfortable deciding either way- so they invited me to the full leadership meeting at the beginning of December.

My question is whether anyone here has any advice on finding helpful resources in terms of statistics and other unbiased information that could be compiled and presented to the board to make the case for why having at least one member carry in the service when your congregation is in the middle of no where may make sense. Any input would be helpful and appreciated.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby Suckerspawn » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:02 am

Jesus was happy to discover some of his close disciples carried knives.
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Re: Question re: church carry

Postby willbird » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:58 am

NealClemens wrote:Well, I got a call today from the chair of our church board. I approached them to request permission to carry after the events of a week ago Sunday in Texas. The good news is that I was surprised- we have attended a Mennonite (pacifist) church for more than 20 years. I and my wife were raised Baptist and Mennonites are theological cousins with the exception of the peace issue. I expected them to dismiss the request out of hand, as the three members of the primary governing body were raised in the church and the pacifist view is very closely held by them. I was told that they were not comfortable deciding either way- so they invited me to the full leadership meeting at the beginning of December.

My question is whether anyone here has any advice on finding helpful resources in terms of statistics and other unbiased information that could be compiled and presented to the board to make the case for why having at least one member carry in the service when your congregation is in the middle of no where may make sense. Any input would be helpful and appreciated.



I guess to me what stands out is whether or not their INDIVIDUAL stance on pacifism leads them to feel a need to force it upon others. Our CCW guns are not offensive tools, they are defensive..in that way they are IMHO implements of peace not implements of war.

There is also the issue of not endorsing something, but not opposing it either, a letter which would say they were not OPPOSED to your individual choice to CCW is IMHO all the permission slip you need.

I guess you need to read the room more or less, but another angle is that the firearm is more secure on your person than locked in the car while you attend service.

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