After CO Church Shootings, More Worshipers Carry Guns


Matthew Murray’s assault on New Life Church in Colorado Springs and the Youth With a Mission campus in Arvada in December has made worshipers more likely to carry guns, speakers at a church security workshop said, according to the Denver Post. Without a security plan, guns and people can be a dangerous mix, speakers told representatives of metro-area churches.

After Murray killed two in Arvada and two more in Colorado Springs, he was wounded by a New Life security officer, then shot himself. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office saw a surge in concealed-weapons permits after the New Life shooting, and the National Association of Church and School Security was born at the church to help others prepare. While megachurches can afford armed security teams, every church can develop a plan to deal with hazards, speakers said. “We can do that,” Bill Ray, a member of a 300-member church. “But we can’t have guns in our church. We can’t post an armed guard at the door.”


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