Some churches in Albany say 'no' to guns

Published: Mar. 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Would you want the person next to you on the church pew packingheat?

A bill that passed the General Assembly late Thursday night allowsguns in churches but only if church leaders take a vote saying it's okay.

While some churches likely will allow guns, some clergymen in Albany say their members and congregants won't be allowed to bring gunsinto their churches.

There won't be any guns in this sanctuary.  Evangelical Faith Ministries Pastor Apostle FelixRevills believes church is no place for a gun.

"Because of a law being passed you could literally put hundredsof people at risk cause you have someone bringing a weapon to church,"said Apostle Felix Revills.

Guns would still be prohibited in churches unless church leadersspecifically say its okay for people to bring their guns inside.

"I certainly discourages anyone from bring a gun to church. Butreally, well have to see how people react to this," said Rector JayWeldon.

"No we're totally against any types of guns bring brought toa place of worship, especially congregants," Apostle Felix Revills.

Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church Rector Jay Weldon says bringingguns into his church is more than a political issue.

"For those who disagree with me, we need to have guns in church toprotect what goes on there. Which seems to me to goes against the generalnarrative of Jesus and what he taught and what he expects from us," said Weldon.

Apostle Revills believes it would send the wrong message toworshippers.

"As a pastor this is a wake up call for the religiouscommunity. That we really need to turn our faces back to god," said Revills.

The bill that passed last night is a watered down version of theoriginal bill. Guns are still prohibited on college campuses and governmentbuildings. Permit holders can carry them into bars, unless the bar ownerspecifically prohibits it.

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