Wisconsin churches try to deal with pistol-packing worshippers

Churches consider response to concealed carry
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 29, 2011

Come Tuesday, when Wisconsin’s concealed-carry law takes effect, anyone entering Jackson Park Lutheran Church should leave their weapons at home. Soon, the south side church will be posting a sign that says, in effect: The only thing you ought to be packing in this house of God is your prayer books.

Religious institutions, many of which had opposed the concealed-carry legislation, must now decide whether to post signs barring weapons from their premises – knowing that the signs could expose them to greater legal liability.

Some are opting out, saying posting signs won’t protect worshippers from those hellbent on harm.

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