Virginia AG: Carrying firearms in houses of worship is legal, but clergy may ban pistols.

People may carry guns into worship services for personal protection,…

People may carry guns into worship services for personal protection, but churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship — not the state — have the right to keep weapons out, according to a legal opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

The opinion, issued Friday in response to an inquiry from Del. Mark Cole, focused on a state law that Cole called ambiguous.

The law makes taking a gun, knife or other deadly weapon into a worship service “without good and sufficient reason” a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $250.

Cuccinelli wrote that personal protection constitutes such a reason.

Source: The Associated Press via The Washington Post.

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