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New law could allow AL churches to form armed security forces

A bill before the Alabama Legislature could allow churches to start their own security force. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) A bill before the Alabama Legislature could allow churches to start their own security force. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama lawmakers will soon have to decide whether or not churches should have the ability to create their own security force.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Limestone County, would allow churches to create their own security force and would allow them to be armed if needed.

Opponents of the bill say they are concerned churches having their own security forces could lead to potential cover-ups as the security force would report to the church, not the public. 

However, supporters of the bill said it provides an avenue for more security for churches to prevent potential attacks like the one carried out in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Greer said it will be up to churches if they would like to have their own security force and said it would not be forced. The law would also apply to other places of worship, like synagogues and mosques.

The bill passed committee Wednesday 5-4 and will now move to the Senate. 

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