Churches look to security measures to keep congregations safe - WSMV News 4

Churches look to security measures to keep congregations safe

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Christian Fellowship Church in Lawrenceburg is one of the churches looking to improve security. (WSMV) Christian Fellowship Church in Lawrenceburg is one of the churches looking to improve security. (WSMV)
LAWRENCEBURG, TN (WSMV) -

The Texas church shooting has added a new layer of concern among churchgoers in Middle Tennessee. Some churches are looking into tougher security measures to protect congregations.

Elite Training in Lawrenceburg specializes in church safety and defense training. Owner Don Laws said safety measures begin at the front door. He said an unlocked door with no way to see out makes it easier for a gunman to come in.

"Have a door greeter at the door. Have your door locked. Have either cameras at the door to where you can see outside the door," Laws said. "If you don't have a gun, you've got to eliminate that threat. You've got to slow it down, and you've just got to grab the person."

Pastor T.R. Williams of Christian Fellowship Church said members of his congregation just finished training with Laws. Minutes are crucial for them since it takes first responders 15 minutes to get there.

"It's sad that we're living in the times that we're in right now. It's sad that things like this are going on, but it's reality for us," Williams said.

Laws said there are layers to security at church once inside, like door greeters, ushers and armed members inside the sanctuary. News 4 asked whether more guns in church is the right move.

"Ask the victims of churches who have experienced someone coming in, ask them that question, do you think guns are necessary in church? I think you would have a difference outcome," Williams said.

Williams said he feels smaller churches like his are becoming targets. But taking precautions shouldn't take away from a person's worship.

"We don't want people to be afraid when they come to church," Williams said.

Laws said he expects to get more calls from churches following the Texas shooting. He said it’s important for members to practice, so it becomes second nature if case they ever have to use their skills.

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