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Church goers react to having guns in service

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Governor Beebe signed into law last Monday, a bill that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring a gun into church if their church allowed it.

 For some, the new Church Protection Act has people a bit uneasy.

 "It just bothers me a whole lot. I don't think that should happen," said Jonesboro Resident Regina Gnagey.

 However, for others it's one step closer to feeling better protected while attending church.

 "It's something I'm comfortable with just because I mean, it's for self defense," said Jonesboro Resident Elea Pulliam.

 The new law would allow individual churches to decide whether or not to bring guns inside and who would be allowed to carry them.

 "If someone is going to bring a gun into church for reasons other than strictly self defense, a law is not going to stop them from doing that. So knowing that someone else can legally bring one in, it's comforting," said Pulliam.

 If a church decides to refrain from allowing handguns, they will remain off-limits.

 "I don't believe that should ever happen because I don't think anyone except for police should be able to carry a concealed weapon," said Jonesboro Resident Larry Gnagey.

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