Feb 5, 2008 The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled to affirm a lower court decision that churches can ban guns from their property without following the posting requirements laid out in the law. More important to permit holders who want to protect their families while traveling to and from church, the ruling also said churches can ban guns in their parking lots. It was a victory for two churches that sued to challenge part of the permit to carry law, Edina Community Lutheran Church and Unity Church of. St Paul. The state argued that the law’s restrictions imposed only a minimal burden on the religious institutions. Instead of signs saying “EDINA COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES,” the church may continue to use signs that say “Blessed are the peacemakers. Firearms are prohibited in this place of sanctuary.” It would be logical to suppose the churches will next sue the State Fire Marshall, because they don’t like the wording of the signs above the doors that say “EXIT.” Additionally, now the churches can prohibit a law abiding citizen from having certain lawful items in his car in their parking lot. Cell phones and digital cameras may be next. Stay tuned in to see if the Minnesota Attorney General decides to take the state’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.