This is a discussion on Church carry in La within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bob The Great Yes, church carry is flat-out against the law, and this is one of my biggest disappointments with LA's gun ...
Welcome to Louisiana. It is my understanding that under the laws of this state, carry in a church or place of worship is prohibited by law unless you are a leo. That being said there is much concern these days over active shooters in churches and I presonally feel better knowing that someone outthere might be carrying in church to protect the members. Just stay well concealed.
The second question I see that would need to be asked is who does the constitution/ by-laws list as the person in care of the building. Some Churches this might be the church board (like the one I have been called to) others it is the Pastor/ Sr. Pastor and others it is the Congregation.
Guess you would need to find these things out.
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Last edited by Captain Crunch; August 21st, 2008 at 01:34 AM. Reason: Fixed quote tags.
You might inquire and see what you find out. While I am not sure it applies to all SBC churches that is the norm. Even though the congregation pays for the facilities the SBC owns it. I suspect that it might be done to prevent some others from taking over.
I know of one SBC local church that called a pastor who happened to be charismatic. In time other charismatic folks joined the church until the true Baptist were in the minority. However, the pastor and others could not take over the church and withdraw from the SBC because the SBC owned the facility and property. The true Baptist members were able to keep the facilities and are building the church again. The majority moved on and established a charismatic church.
It may have something to do with most churches beginning as a mission from a larger SBC church, and so initially receive financing from the SBC and other churches.
Just for info check with your pastor and see what he says.
I am an independent Baptist, but know many SBC folks.
Last edited by Captain Crunch; August 21st, 2008 at 01:32 AM. Reason: Fixed quote tags.
It also depends upon the state. In Kansas due to a court ruling back in the 40's or 50's the State denominational system of the local church owns the building/proeperty. In some cases the that denominational system got the churches to put that the denominational systems owns the property.
Jerry that may be true in your state, but I assure you that is not the case here in Texas. The trustees, deacons, pastor, etc controls the church including the property that it sets on. The SBC, SBOT, BGCT here in Texas do not own churchs (as a rule), I dont know of any for that matter. Our friends in other demonination I cant answer for 100%, but I know some do. As a minister, and staff member at a number of churches from 2,000 to almost 30,000 I do know this to be true.
As far as carry in the church ... here in Texas it is not a problem, but I would get a written ruling from the authorities in LA to be safe.
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I'm not a lawyer, but I think you're out of luck.
No church carry means no church carry.
My interpretation gives a "property owner, lessee or other lawful custodian" the right to carry in certain venues, but I believe the LSP and the AG win this round.
I am interested, and not from a point to see if I am right, but would like to know. My own understanding is that most or many SBC churches begin with financing from the SBC or other established SBC churches. I understood that the way it was set up was that although the local congregation does control the local church, that the SBC actually is the owner of the facility.
So are you sure that your church is not in that situation, or are you assuming that your local church is the owner? Again, I am just wanting to know. I never thought it was right for the congregation to make sacrifices to build and buy only to have the denomination own the property. Then if a local church wanted to withdraw from the denomination it had to give up the property.
I realize that in a way we are off topic, and maybe I should have gone PM with this, but since the subject is whether the local church has the right to establish who can carry I figured others are interested.
Mods feel free to do as you wish on this, and I will go PM, but do want to know the facts as near as can be determined. I also know it might vary with the particular local church depending upon how it was financed.
Last edited by Captain Crunch; August 23rd, 2008 at 02:09 PM. Reason: Fixed quote tags.
If a business could authorize employees to carry while in that business, and I do not know if that is so in LA, it would follow that a pastor or church leadership could also authorize carrying when in the church.
I do not see how the state can dictate how the church is going to operate. Of course even if a legal challenge would be in favor of the church it would be costly.
Talked to my Local Rep here just a few minutes ago about my situation of being able to carry in Church. Note The Law states that it is a flat out no. Well Anyway there was recently a bill that was passed concerning the workplace and carrying a Gun ( I think he said bill 51 ).Well since that bill was passed and that is my workplace and I keep it someplace secure I will be alright. This came by way of the Attorney Generals office through my State Rep. By the way This state rep is great and I will definetly support him when elections roll around
That's great news!! I'm glad to hear that it worked out for you!
First, it only applies to storing a firearm in your vehicle while on company property, not concealed carry. Second, it only forbids employers from prohibiting guns, not the state government. And the clincher, if you read subsection D.1, it specifically says that this law does not apply anywhere firearms are prohibited by state or federal law. So, churches are still out, even if you're an employee.
By all means, support your pro-gun rep, but he's wrong on this count. But maybe you can get him to sponsor a CCW reform bill removing the carry prohibition.
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