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January 2, 2020

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Attorney General Steve Marshall Offers Guidance on Church Security and Alabama’s Stand-Your-Ground Law

(MONTGOMERY) —In response to inquiries from the media and the general public, the Attorney General’s Office has published guidance on church security and Alabama’s stand-your-ground law.

Additionally, Attorney General Marshall offered the following personal comment:

“The shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas was a sobering depiction of good vs. evil in our society today. Tragically, that congregation lost two of its members; yet mercifully, Jack Wilson spared the lives of many more. Texas law was recently updated to ensure that individuals like Mr. Wilson do not have to fear the threat of prosecution for carrying a firearm in a church that allows it. Fortunately, Alabama can proudly say that it already offers this same protection. We urge every church in our state to adopt a church security plan that will better ensure the safety of their members during worship.”

The Attorney General’s guidance is available here. [Download PDF version in upper right to access link to guidance]

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