A local pastor is one step closer to ‘legally’ carrying a firearm inside her church. Pastor Brenda Stevenson is in the final stage of getting her conceal carry permit.
New Outreach Christian Center is known for preaching the gospel.
“We’ll still preach the gospel. Now we’re just welcoming two new members smith and Wesson,” said Pastor Brenda Stevenson, New Outreach Christian Center.
For months Pastor Brenda Stevenson has been exploring the idea of putting a pistol behind her pulpit.
“You need protection,” said Pastor Stevenson.
In August, two men were arrested after bringing guns into a Charlotte church. More than three months ago, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Nine people were killed in the mass shooting.
“Since the Charleston shooting we’ve had a lot more churches,” said Irwin Carmichael, a Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
“Tension is ready to explode like a piece of dynamite,” said Pastor Stevenson.
Pastor Stevenson isn’t the only church leader planning to pack heat. In August a pastor in Salisbury announced his plans to turn 10 parishioners into trained security guards.
“Everywhere you can think there’s been a crime,” said Pastor Stevenson.
In recent weeks there’s been a rise in gun violence, which is why Pastor Stevenson is preparing for the worst. If something does happen, Pastor Stevenson says she’ll be locked and loaded.
Six members of New Outreach, including Pastor Stevenson are applying for their concealed carry permits. Following the eight hour course, it’ll take between 90 and 120 days for final paperwork to be processed.