Church Security

Even though Nebraska considers “places of worship” prohibited to concealed carriers, the state statutes do have a provision allowing churches to establish a security team under certain restrictions.   

The provision is found in Title 272 of the Nebraska Asministrative Code, Chapter 21

018.03 A place of worship, notwithstanding Section 018.01J above, may authorize its
security personnel to carry a concealed handgun on its property so long as the
security personnel have a concealed handgun permit and are in compliance
with the law. If security personnel are so authorized, written notice of such
authorization must be given to the congregation and, if the property is leased,
it must not be in violation of the terms of the property lease agreement
between the place of worship and the lessor.

where Section 018.01J refers to the original listing of Places of Worship as prohibited.

In order to establish an effective security team for your faith-based organization and to minimize the liability and likelihood of being accused of being negligent, it is important that the Volunteer Safety Team adheres to certain standards.  The specifics of the liabilities fall squarely in the realm of legal advice so please consult with a lawyer to fully understand the legal implications.

Here are some of the things you will need to consider when getting started with your security team:

An onsite survey:

This is an important first step to see where your building is the most vulnerable to an attack and what can be done to prepare for the worst.  We can have one of our consultants walk through your facility and point out any important consideration that you may need to address.

A Standard Operating Procedure:

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You cannot wait until an emergency to make your plan so it is important to get an established plan in writing and make your members familiar with this plan.  We can help you make sure your plan has addressed some of the more important issues and get you started in the right direction.

Organizing a security team: 

This starts with choosing the right people and ensuring that they are as prepared as possible.  This can be a great opportunity for people who are interested in protecting the flock to enjoy some fellowship with one another while raising their skill level and meeting the standards set forth by the SOP.  We can provide a safe environment for the initial training and certifications as well as the ongoing qualification requirements and continued training.  We can work with your team leader to facilitate their training with instructor courses or we can provide the training directly.  We recommend that the security team members are required obtain their NRA basic pistol certification, Personal Protection in the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the home as well as demonstrate proficience to the level required by law enforcement officers in our state. They all need to have a current concealed handgun permit to serve as a verification that they have passed a background check and demonstrated a basic understanding of the skills and laws required to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Nebraska. We also have courses on threat assessment and non-firearm control tactics, These requirements will help reduce your liability greatly and each member will gain a much better appreciation for the responsibility they have to the congregation.  

We can set up training by the day or host a multi-day course to cover many topics and skills with on-site bunkhouse accommodations and meals provided.  We can cater to teams in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado as well.  

If you would like more information please feel free to contact us. 

Here are a few more resources to help you get things set up: