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Texans can carry guns to church unless individual church prohibits it

Attorney General Ken Paxton said licensed handgun owners can bring their weapons to church, unless the church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting it, which is something El Paso Bible Church, in West El Paso, said it won’t be doing.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has clarified whether licensed Texans can carry their weapons to church.

This follows last month’s deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs.

Paxton said that licensed handgun owners can bring their weapons to church, unless the church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting it, which is something El Paso Bible Church, in West El Paso, said it won’t be doing.

The senior pastor at the church, Josh Meier, said he openly carries every day and encourages the folks within his congregation that are properly licensed, to do the same.

“I do actually, open carry on Sunday mornings in the pulpit,” he said. “Some people might be shocked, initially by that. But, I think it puts everybody at ease, at our church.”

We spoke to several El Pasoans who had mixed opinions on the topic.

“I think with everything that’s going on lately, I think it’s sort of just a recipe for disaster,” said Andrew Huseby.

Some folks said they think the decision should be left up to the church, while others don’t believe guns belong in the church.

“To me, it actually makes me feel a little safer,” said Michael Hicks.

As we previously reported, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso has decided to not allow people to open carry at their churches.

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