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Churches consider concealed carry criteria


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- There are mixed reactions to the Concealed Carry Law, especially at places of worship.

"Some people are very enthusiastic and feel very strongly this is a right they should have. Others feel this is not a law that should have been passed," said Attorney Dean Dietrich.

And like businesses across the state, Attorney Dean Dietrich said church leaders are still deciding whether to allow concealed weapons in their buildings.

"The churches are looking at this from the very same perspective as businesses in the community. Do we put up a sign to prohibit people to carry a concealed weapon, into the church, and does that discourage people from coming into the building," said Dietrich.

Rich Poirier works with Church Mutual Insurance. The company insures thousands of churches nationwide.

He said the issue has been a hot topic recently because of its sensitivity.

"Gun carry laws are very emotional no matter what. Whether it's a business, government, or church," said Poirier.

But if something violent were to happen on church property, he said liability is also a big concern.

"There is some belief from some of our institutions that we insure, that if they take the proactive measure of posting signs it might affect some of the immunities that are provided in the law," said Poirier.

While church leaders Newsline 9 spoke with would not go on camera, they said they plan to hold council meetings in the next few weeks to figure out if a concealed weapon will be allowed on church grounds.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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