• Gun shop offers pastors free classes


    Quick Facts:

    • Pastors will receive free concealed carry classes with verification
    • Sign up begins Friday, June 19
    • Classes are held at Bear Beam Firearms on East 41st Street

    In the wake of a shooting that killed 9 at a Charleston, N.C. church, a gun shop is offering free concealed carry classes for Pastors.

    Bear Beam Firearms, 8722 E 41 St, invites Tulsa pastors to sign up starting June 19 for the classes. They ask for verification that pastors are who they say they are.

    With the Charleston shooting taking center stage a loc With the Charleston church massacre taking center stage, a local gun shop is offering a free concealed carry class for pastors.
    Beginning Friday, area pastors could sign up for a concealed carry class at Bear Beam Firearms at no cost.

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    “The chances of them needing it are very slim but having the right to do so, I think, is really important,” said Charles Peters of Bear Beam Firearms.
    FOX23 talked to one pastor who spoke on condition his identity not be disclosed.
    “In my opinion, I thought it was inappropriate to have a weapon as I am teaching,” he said.
    But he does think concealed carry for a pastor makes sense so a gun can be hidden.
    “In case of a real dire emergency, someone can get to that in the process of a predetermined plan,” he said.
    In other words, a gun readily available, but not exactly ready to grab.
    “I would not want to hurt anybody, but I wouldn’t want anybody to come in and hurt my family, or hurt my church family,” he said.
    Talking about these issues like a family, without political agendas, is this pastor’s goal, “And it’s going to take a lot of rational thinking, that’s not filled with emotion,” he said.
    He recommended churches have security cameras so intruders could be identified.

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