State Law Allows Armed Volunteers in Places of Worship

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PHARR – It's a main topic of discussion in congregations right now – security.

Recent events have left many places of worship in the Rio Grande Valley concerned.

"Absolutely I think it's still shocking I mean hearing the news that came out this Sunday," said Rudy Beltran.

Beltran, from the Destiny Through Christ Church, said security is always on their mind.

"We have several members who are in the law-enforcement community and so we try to stay in touch with them often and just to touch base with them on to keep an eye out to be aware of our surroundings," said Beltran.

A new Texas law would allow members of the community, such as the ones who are in law-enforcement, to be able to be armed in church, if the church allows for it.

State Representative Matt Rinaldi decided to give security at Texas churches a little extra boost.

"We see churches increasingly becoming a target we thought that they should be able to put together their own volunteer teams," said Rinaldi.

He explained the law was made because a lot of churches can't afford private security to come in and patrol the area.

"This allows churches to do are identify who those people are, coordinate the security team and actually get them trained so they're better able and more safely able to provide security," Rinaldi said.

Before the law, churches could not even form their own armed or unarmed security teams.

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