Local church offers concealed carry course


Kendall Downing

MARION, Ill. - Guns and God. A local pastor believes his congregation should have a Biblical understanding of what concealed carry means for them.

That's why they are holding an open concealed carry training course this weekend that's both safety-based and spiritual.

Pastor Troy Benitone is confident and convinced a weekend concealed carry seminar is what his congregation needs.

"The mission of the church is to equip the believer," he said, "The church needs to quit being shy about educating people."

Benitone along with elders at Community Of Faith Church in Marion, Illinois decided the "Just In Case" course would be beneficial.

"We have a right. The question is, how do we exercise that responsibility," he said.

The people enrolled in the course will get Biblical sermons on self-defense and bloodshed taught from scripture. Pastor Benitone said the focus will be turning to your weapon as a last resort.

Enrollees will receive enough training to apply for a concealed carry permit in Illinois this January. Organizers are rolling up a mobile shooting range that will be in the church's parking lot this weekend.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said responsibility comes with carrying a gun, and that includes knowledge of the law.

"The rule of thumb that law enforcement's used forever, you take a life to save a life. And that's a pretty good rule of thumb," said Vick.

Pastor Benitone said they'll cover that rule, just with a Biblical touch.

There are still some spots available in the course. Registration is $335. The church tells us they will accept walk-ins on Saturday morning.

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