The authors of House Bill 2988, stress that self defense applies to places of worship as much as it does for citizens in their homes under the current law. But one local Chaplin says it's a self choice.
"Should a pastor carry a weapon in church? I don't think so," says Tulsa Police Chaplain, Alan McIntyre.
McIntyre, is a Chaplain for Tulsa Police Department and a retired minister. He has been working with the police department for several years and says he understands the right to protect yourself but says that you have to be educated as well.
"I think it would be a very hard decision because unless they have been confronted with it or they have gone through the training, as like a police officer has, when to shoot and not when to shoot," says McIntyre.
The author of the bill says this legislation makes it clear that leaders in places of worship have the right to use a weapon if there is reasonable fear of imminent danger, of death or great bodily harm. The bill cites several cases in Oklahoma where threats have occurred inside a church or worship center. Those include a pastor in Anadarko who was killed in 2009, and in 2005 when founder of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Revered Billy Joe Daugherty was assaulted during an altar call. McIntyre says this legislation might be an example of what is happening in our culture.
"It is rather interesting, I think it's an evolution, maybe a comment on society that it's come to this," says McIntyre.
McIntyre also says that a worship centers should be a safe place and not a place where someone has to worry whether or not someone is carrying a gun.
"A church is a sanctuary and people should feel free to come to a church," says McIntyre.