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Date(s) - 04/07/2019
11:00 am - 11:30 am


Congregational Meeting & Vote on Gun Policy

We hope you can attend the next congregational meeting, following the service on Sunday, April 7. As always, the floor will be open to comments and concerns (expressions of joy also welcome). We will also vote on the proposed weapons policy.

Proposed Weapons Policy

After discussion with a community outreach police officer, Lt. Joe Messerich, and members of the congregation, the Board is proposing a policy that bans the presence of weapons at our church and the Emerson House. This policy has been reviewed by assistant county attorney Mike Whalen. While it will not prevent acts of violence – which are a grave concern these days at churches around the country – it will assure members and visitors that dangerous weapons are not allowed on church premises. This policy will be posted at the back of the church, and anyone with a dangerous weapon will be asked to leave. The Board is required to make this vote known in two ways at least two weeks before a vote. It will be announced in church twice, and appears below:

The UUFD prohibits the carrying of guns or other dangerous weapons (as defined in the Iowa Code 702.7) on church property, including the church building and the Emerson House. People who have concealed carry permits are asked to leave their weapons at home.

702.7 Dangerous weapon. A “dangerous weapon” is any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal, and which is capable of inflicting death upon a human being when used in the manner for which it was designed, except a bow and arrow when possessed and used for hunting or any other lawful purpose. Additionally, any instrument or device of any sort whatsoever which is actually used in such a manner as to indicate that the defendant intends to inflict death or serious injury upon the other, and which, when so used, is capable of inflicting death upon a human being, is a dangerous weapon. Dangerous weapons include but are not limited to any offensive weapon, pistol, revolver, or other firearm, dagger, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, knife having a blade exceeding five inches in length, or any portable device or weapon directing an electric current, impulse, wave, or beam that produces a high-voltage pulse designed to immobilize a person.