KY Prefiles 10th for 2010; Pastor Invites Guns to Church; Napolitano, Gutzman on TN Firearms Bill

by Phil on 06/5/2009

The TenthAmendmentCenter.com reports:

On 06/02/09, Kentucky State Representative Stan Lee prefiled House Concurrent Resolution 10 (HCR10) for the 2010 legislative session.

The purpose of the resolution is to claim “sovereignty over powers not granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution; serve notice to the federal government to cease mandates beyond its authority; and to state Kentucky’s position that federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of loss of federal funding should be prohibited or repealed.”

The full text of the bill can be found at the referenced link.

Also in Kentucky, my wife referenced a recent story concerning a pastor who’s invited parishoners to bring their guns to church in celebration of July 4th…

New Bethel Church is welcoming “responsible handgun owners” to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

“We’re just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation,” said pastor Ken Pagano. “And we’re not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms – without that this country wouldn’t be here.”

The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door, Pagano said.

He said recent church shootings, including the killing Sunday of a late-term abortion provider in Kansas, which he condemned, highlight the need to promote safe gun ownership. The New Bethel Church event was planned months before Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in a Wichita church.

Kentucky allows residents to openly carry guns in public with some restrictions. Gun owners carrying concealed weapons must have state-issued permits and can’t take them to schools, jails or bars, among other exceptions.

Pagano’s Protestant church, which attracts up to 150 people to Sunday services, is a member of the Assemblies of God. The former Marine and handgun instructor said he expected some backlash, but has heard only a “little bit” of criticism of the gun event. …

Pagano, 50, said some members of his church were concerned that President Obama’s administration could restrict gun ownership, and they supported the plan for the event when Pagano asked their opinion.

Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, an umbrella organization for 11 Christian denominations in Kentucky, said Christian churches are promoters of peace, but “most allow for arms to be taken up under certain conditions.”

Taylor said Pagano assured her the event would focus on promoting responsible gun ownership and any proceeds would go to charity.

“Those two commitments are consistent with the high value the Assemblies of God churches place on human life,” she said in an e-mail message.

Pagano is encouraging church members to bring a canned good and a friend to the event. He said guns must be unloaded for insurance purposes and safety reasons.

He said the point was not to mix worship with guns, though he may reference some passages from the Bible.

“Firearms can be evil and they can be useful,” he said. “We’re just trying to promote responsible gun ownership and gun safety.”

In reference to Tennessee’s recent passage of their Firearms Freedom Act, Fox News provided the following coverage:

And as you may have noticed on Fox News’ CG graphic at the bottom of the screen, user “Bob‘s” comment has been confirmed:

The Tennessee House overrode the governor’s veto on June 3 and the Senate overrode the veto today, June 4th. The Restaurant Carry Bill becomes law on July 14th. Senator Jackson really raked the governor over the coals for bringing in police chiefs and sheriffs for a news conference when he vetoed the bill and chastised the news media for presenting the bill as “allowing guns in bars”. The bill allows handgun permit holders to carry into restaurants that serve alcohol but the HCP holder is prohibited from consuming while carrying. Restaurants can prohibit carry by posting appropriate signs.

A current listing of State-based initiatives can be found here.

-Phil

There are 2 comments in this article:

  1. 06/5/2009Civis naturaliter natus says:

    So to bring a gun into a bar is somehow unamerican?

    What about all those westerns….?

  2. 06/7/2009Brett Curtis says:

    Mr Pagano supports the right of the people to keep and bear arms, but he’s all too happy to restrict that right himself to only unloaded guns? What a hypocrite!

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