A new bill in Harford County would allow residents to bring a concealed gun onto church property.
Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler announced his legislation with Senator Wayne Norman and Delegate Kathy Szeliga during a press conference on Tuesday.
Allowing guns in churches is part of the Parishioner Protection Act of 2018. Ultimately, the bill would allow law abiding members of the congregation to have a concealed handgun on the churches property.
The person would have to have written permission from the governing body of the church, and must be allowed to legally possess a handgun in Maryland.
"Giving churches the ability to permit congregation members to wear and carry a firearm will save lives and allow citizens to protect themselves in our houses of worship," said Sheriff Gahler.