Disciples News Service

Open-carry laws bring questions

As laws change regarding gun controls, open-carry and more, congregations may be starting or continuing discussions on these issues.

The participants in the 2015 General Assembly in Columbus spoke to the issue of gun violence in GA 1521. The final section of that resolution reads:

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that congregations within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), along with the other expressions of the church, be encouraged to promote dialogue, cooperation, advocacy, and action that moves toward a reduction of gun violence and promotes anti-racist, pro-reconciling education in our communities and nations, and to consider making clear their commitment by openly declaring their properties gun-free zones where state and local laws do not already do so.

Individual states each have their own codes and requirements. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

United States: White House fact sheet on January 2016 executive order