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Proposed bill would allow concealed guns in Harford Co. churches

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 11:45:03-05

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.