Gun control in a place of worship

Published: Nov. 6, 2017 at 6:25 PM EST
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Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

(News 12 First at Five)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The impact from Sunday's shooting reaching Augusta and folks like Allen Griffen. He has family members who live 20 minutes away from Sutherland Springs in San Antonio.

"My heart goes out to them, but I'm blessed and lucky that none of my family members were hurt," Griffen said.

But he wants someone who knows how to handle a gun in every church to stop any potential shooters. "You can put gun laws on anything. You can say gun law this, gun law that, but someone has to deliberately think and plan out these actions. They want to go to a church because they know, no security is going to be at a church."

Augusta Pastor Marc Trimm says every churchgoer should feel safe too.

"When you come to church, a worship center, wherever you are, that is a place of community. It's a place of fellowship, it's a place to spiritually receive what you need and the last thing on your mind should be, I hope the person who just walked in is not a threat," Pastor Marc Trimm, Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer said.

House Bill 60 became law in 2014 it gives church leaders across Georgia the right to allow or deny anyone from carrying concealed weapons on church grounds.

Pastor Trimm says not just anyone can come to church packing heat. "I mean we are not putting in the bulletin that we want anybody that can or is able to show up next Sunday with a gun."

Pastor Trimm continues, “It would have to be somebody who has good standing with our church who has possession of something legally."

Either way, he says all are still welcome at their church even after what happened in Texas.

"That's the way every church should be is that anyone can come and worship and receive what they need. To know that there are people out there who want to tear that down or threaten or give you second pause about it, to me, it is extremely sad,” said Pastor Trimm