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Re: Church Liability

Postby AJSully421 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:00 pm

ScottDLS wrote:
rtschl wrote:
Steve Lebe wrote:Has anybody ever been charged, much less convicted, for carrying under their LTC while an unpaid volunteer for a neighborhood watch or church security group?


When I took my Lev III & IV security class for our church in 2010 we were told by our instructor that a church in Dallas was reported to DPS and ended up paying a fine for operating an illegal security company. I just tried to Google for it real quick but didn't find anything. However, DPS has an Opinion Summary on church security located here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/psb/Laws/psb_opin_sum.htm. A church or person could be at risk if someone got mad and reported the church or if an incident occurs that requires LEO investigation. If it is revealed that the person/church was providing unlicensed security services then be prepared.

I know that Charles tried to get a bill through to exempt churches but it didn't get out of committee if I remember correctly. The security industry is staunchly opposed to a church exemption. It's sad because most small and medium churches cannot afford to hire security (in house or contract) or off duty LEO's. Churches should be allowed to organize armed volunteers.


Are there any churches that have licensed as security companies with the State? Of course this would require lots of money and probably a lot of insurance...and easier just to hire off duty LEO or a licensed company.

I thought I read somewhere that the LDS church (Mormons) have a very well trained, organized, and licensed security force, but that may be in Utah where the laws are different.

I've always been kind of interested in taking a Level III/IV and PPO cert, but I know that you can't actually work as such unless employed by a licensed security company.


The big wigs in Salt Lake have licensed body guards with guns, radios... The whole 9 yards. This protection is not for the regular church buildings or Chapels... And on top of that, the well-protected LDS leaders have properly declared every church owned building in the state of Utah as "gun free" zones for us underlings with licenses per Utah law.

Here in Texas, the LDS churches do not post, and I can personally assure you that my building is not gun free on Sundays.

Back to the topic, it seems like any sort of organized and sanctioned activities involving security and firearms is a no-go. That needs to change. Unfortunately, the security lobby can give donations to state law makers while churches can't...
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Re: Church Liability

Postby rtschl » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:05 pm

ScottDLS wrote:Are there any churches that have licensed as security companies with the State? Of course this would require lots of money and probably a lot of insurance...and easier just to hire off duty LEO or a licensed company.


Yes there are two kinds: Form a security company or operate under an LOA. An Letter of Authority allows a business (or church in this case) to do uniformed security. The limitations of this is that you cannot have Level IV (personal protection i.e. non uniform) and you are limited to church property only. You cannot provide security to a person or group from your church offsite. With Level IV you can provide personal protection for your pastor or other protectee when he goes off site like to a hosptial or visiting high crime areas.

My church has done all the above. We started out as employees of an established security company and then switched to a different one. We then did the LOA and now have our own company. We needed more freedom than working for an outside company would allow us. With the LOA you still have to have insurance but we wanted to have Lev IV and you cannot with an LOA.
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Re: Church Liability

Postby ScottDLS » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:04 pm

rtschl wrote:
ScottDLS wrote:Are there any churches that have licensed as security companies with the State? Of course this would require lots of money and probably a lot of insurance...and easier just to hire off duty LEO or a licensed company.


Yes there are two kinds: Form a security company or operate under an LOA. An Letter of Authority allows a business (or church in this case) to do uniformed security. The limitations of this is that you cannot have Level IV (personal protection i.e. non uniform) and you are limited to church property only. You cannot provide security to a person or group from your church offsite. With Level IV you can provide personal protection for your pastor or other protectee when he goes off site like to a hosptial or visiting high crime areas.

My church has done all the above. We started out as employees of an established security company and then switched to a different one. We then did the LOA and now have our own company. We needed more freedom than working for an outside company would allow us. With the LOA you still have to have insurance but we wanted to have Lev IV and you cannot with an LOA.


Thanks. Good info. I figured some larger Churches may have done this.
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Re: Church Liability

Postby ScottDLS » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:10 pm

AJSully421 wrote:The big wigs in Salt Lake have licensed body guards with guns, radios... The whole 9 yards. This protection is not for the regular church buildings or Chapels... And on top of that, the well-protected LDS leaders have properly declared every church owned building in the state of Utah as "gun free" zones for us underlings with licenses per Utah law.

Here in Texas, the LDS churches do not post, and I can personally assure you that my building is not gun free on Sundays.

Back to the topic, it seems like any sort of organized and sanctioned activities involving security and firearms is a no-go. That needs to change. Unfortunately, the security lobby can give donations to state law makers while churches can't...


Thank you for the info. I wondered if the LDS churches in Texas posted. Good to hear they don't. I know the Catholic Churches in Ft Worth and Dallas Diocese do... :banghead:
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