In an effort to increase membership, the Church of Christ in Marengo, Ohio, is offering a concealed weapons training class.
The 10-hour course, which meets Ohio's requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit, includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range, reports TheDaily.com.
Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church, told the TheDaily.com: “Church has done a good job with coffee or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys. And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”
The church launched its gun training program several years ago, but more churches are following the trend.
The Central Baptist Church in Lexington, N.C., began its concealed weapons classes in March and the Heights Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas started offering gun classes in June.
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Pastor James Miller, of Heights Baptist Church, told NRA News: “We’re about 150 miles from the border with Mexico and we’re very unsure about our insecure borders, about what’s coming into our cities. Personally, I feel more secure that should our worship time be interrupted by a life-threatening intrusion, that we would at least stand some kind of a chance in stopping either a mass killing or terrorizing experience.”