Sometimes politicians should stick with what they know, but if they started doing this they would know longer be politicians.
The Virginia Senate has passed legislation allowing guns in church in response to a deadly church shooting in TX, which the governor has promised to veto.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the measure, which would repeal a state law prohibiting weapons in a place of worship during a religious service.
A state Attorney General’s opinion from 2011 says current law already allows Virginians to carry guns in churches, subject to a church’s permission. But Republican Sen. Ben Chafin, said the legislature needed to clarify and cement the right to carry a gun in church into law if a church allows it.
Chafin states, “It’s a private property rights issue.”
Much of the debate on the bill focused on last year’s church shooting in Texas, when a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and killed more than two dozen worshippers.
“In the communities that I represent, there are a whole lot of first Baptist churches,” he said.
Democratic Sen. Jeremy McPike said the Republican bill was too broad and there were better ways of letting houses of worship decide their own weapons policies.
“Those who are voting for this measure are voting for guns over God,” Democrat Jeremy McPike said.
His legislation requiring that individuals carrying guns in churches have “express authorization” from the church to do so was blocked earlier this year.