Catholic Priest Urges Parishioners To Pack Heat

Ann Arbor, MI - An Ann Arbor Catholic priest raised a few eye brows recently when he sent a letter his members of his parish urging them to arm themselves.  He invited them to take a concealed pistol class being offered at Christ the King parish. Read More »

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Church Security Alliance

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Officials Foil Terrorist Attack On Paris Churches

Paris, France - An Islamic extremist was recently thwarted from committing a terrorist attack against a Paris church when he accidently shot himself.  In need of medical attention, he contacted authorities for help.  When the police arrived, they followed a blood trail to the man's car, where they found a stash of weapons and a list of potential targets. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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Guard Directing Church Traffic Struck By Car

According to Memphis, TN Fox 13, "Memphis Police said they have charged a 14-year-old boy, who was behind the wheel of a car, in a high-speed hit-an-run incident that severely injured a church security officer Sunday morning outside Second Presbyterian Church in East Memphis.

The accident took place at around 11:15 a.m. on Poplar Avenue and South Goodlett Street. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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New Church Security Radios Now Available

A month or two ago, we announced availability of radios available for use for your church security team that did not require a business band. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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Ninety Six Year Old Man And Grandson Attacked Entering Church

Denver, CO - A ninety-six year old man and his grandson were entering Saint John's Cathedral at 1350 Washington St. when they were confronted by a man described as a transient. Read More »

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Church Security Alliance

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Negligent Firearm Discharge In Pennsylvania Church

Altoona, PA - On Saturday evening at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament parishoners heard a loud noise.  Many thought a speaker had blown, but when one parishoner saw smoke, he took out his cellphone and began to take pictures. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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Understanding ISIS and the threat to Christianity

Understanding ISIS and the threat to Christianity Read More »
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Annoying Common Church Crime Goes Federal Offense!

You may have experienced the complete frustration of having your HVAC system completely destroyed by thieves who don't mind destroying tens of thousands of dollars in equipment to reach the mother load of $50 in copper and scrap metal. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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Man Shoots Girlfriend In St. Cloud Church

St. Cloud, Florida - On Sunday, March 8, 2015, Ramon Rasado, age 76, allegedly shot his girlfriend inside the Prince of Peace church on Hickory Tree Road. Read More »

Glen Evans

Church Security Alliance

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Concealed carry among non security team attendees

Here is a recent question from one of our members. The state that they live in does permit CCW carry in the church.


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Living in WV, we have the possibility of attendees conceal carrying.  In discussions with church leadership and members of our security team, we are concerned that while the security team is handling a situation, someone not on the team, might draw their weapon, intending to assist, but actually escalation the situation.
We are a small security team, with an average of 4 members on duty for each service.  Our church holds almost 2000 members.  Our members are under cover, so other than stating that we are security if we interact, we are non distinguishable from regular members.
I am wondering if other churches are facing this same situation, and what their solutions are.  One member of the church leadership suggested placing signs stated the church as a no gun area, but I believe in WV this will only stir the pot.  Others have suggested holding a church safety training for concealed carry holders, but this would have to be volunteer and how to ensure that all that carry attend.
I would welcome any input on this subject, and I will let you know what our response is.
Thank You,
A Church Security Member
Our response is as follows:
 
 
Dear Member
This is an issue that many churches face. It is somewhat easier in areas where express permission is required to carry in church. But, as I am sure you understand, is an emotionally charged issue. Many gun owners firmly believe in the second amendment and that this trumps federal and local laws that interfere with this right. If you frequent many of the on line gun forums, you will hear the phrase "concealed means concealed". This phrase is typically used to state that protecting the members of your family reigns supreme and that you must carry but keep a very low profile. If the need arises, deal with the situation and face any issues after stopping the threat to your family to you.The result of this is that even where CCW is not permitted in a church but is in the state, many will carry to church given the violence that does take place.
 
When you live in a state that has carry in the church, the chances for friendly fire increase. Considering the independent nature of many with CCW licenses you should plan that there will be someone besides your team that will have a sidearm. With this in mind there are several possible solutions to help avoid a friendly fire incident.
 
Have a means to identify your security officers. this can include a Clip on ID Card, a security ID Banner or a security Badge on a chain or worn on the belt.
The other recommendation would be to have the pastor announce that there is a security team in place to handle security issues and to permit the team to deal with any situation that occur. This is a message that could also be sent by email to the church family.  As part of the announcement he could request that any church members that CCW please introduce themselves to the security staff, if necessary designate a contact person, or have a public meeting for those people to discuss security issues with the staff.
 I am also looking into a door sticker that I viewed at a church were we presented a security seminar. It was an octagon sticker that stated " Armed Security on Campus". We might need to have this custom printed and are looking into it. What I like about this was that visitor could see the decal when they entered the church.
While these recommendations might not be the final solution, I believe that this is a step in the right direction. I look forward to hearing your comments on these thoughts and which direction your church decides to go.
 
Best Regards

Jack Justice
Church Security Alliance
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