I told my pastor that under my understanding of the law, the pastor could give permission to anyone to carry on the church premises. This morning, because I wanted to be firmly grounded in current law, I went to the Louisiana Legislatures website and reviewed the pertinent statutes.
The pertinent law is here, listed as LA Revised Statute 40:1379.3. The law generally prohibits carry in a church, synagogue, or mosque, but allows an exception:
U.(1) The entity which owns the business or has authority over the administration of a church, synagogue, or mosque shall have the authority to authorize any person issued a valid concealed handgun permit as authorized by the provisions of this Section to carry a concealed handgun in the church, synagogue, or mosque.As such, the pastor gave us permission to carry in church. We're a Cowboy church, and the congregants are very familiar with firearms, many of them having CCW permits. To say that the congregation was heavily armed last night would not be understatement.
I'd caution my readers that this is Louisiana law and the laws in your jurisdiction might vary.
As important as the legal regime is in every jurisdiction, it leaves unanswered the moral question: Would you rather be tried by twelve of your peers, or carried by six of your friends?