Fire Arm Policy

In light of the new state law that enables individuals to openly carry guns, Bishop Michael F. Olson has established a “Firearms and Weapons Policy”. The policy is effective immediately. The policy bans both firearms and weapons which are carried openly and firearms and weapons which are concealed. However, the ban becomes effective only after proper notice is provided and state-mandated signs are posted.

The policy bans firearms and weapons in all diocesan locations, including churches, schools and all other facilities that are located on parish or diocesan sites.

Diocesan legal counsel indicates that since state law is not clear what constitutes “effective notice,” it will be necessary for each parish to use several types of notices in English and Spanish in addition to the posting of signs at all entrance to churches and other facilities.