A House bill that would have allowed guns in churches and other places of worship died in committee today (2/9).
In addition to guns – current law bars people from carrying “all dangerous weapons” without “good or sufficient reason.”
Gun rights advocates like Philip Van Cleave with Virginia’s Citizens Defense League supported the bill repealing that law, saying it isn’t the government’s business to interfere with private places of worship. “If they’re not sure about this ‘good and sufficient reason,’ well then can they have an armed guard, or can some of the people there carry a gun to protect the church during a service? It’s very questionable,” he said.
A Senate version of the bill has already passed 21 to 18.