Houston Churches Remove 'Gun Free Zone’ Signs

Safety concerns spurred the sign removal, but guns are still prohibited by the diocese.

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Last year's attack at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church has led many churches across Texas to rethink their security policies, including those involving "no firearms" signs, according to houstonpublicmedia.org.houstonpublicmedia.org

Citing concerns over the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church last year, The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has removed signs indicating that guns were banned on the premises.

"There was that concern that if these signs were posted, that it would be a signal that, very clearly, that potential shooters would have less resistance there, unless…those particular churches had visible, consistent, armed personnel or uniformed personnel, on-site, which some do but many don't," Dave Welch, the Council's executive director, told Houston Public Media.

Removal of the signs isn’t an indication that you can carry at the churches, however.

Firearms are still prohibited by the Diocese, as reported by Houston Public Media.

Other area churches have also removed the signage without removing the prohibitions.