Be Prepared Before Unrest Comes To Your Community – Remember the summer of 2020?

When evil enters your world, it is too late to get prepared. You must be prepared.

You do the math. You can try to teach yourself or have your brother in-law teach you. For what you will spend on 2 boxes of ammunition and the cost of range time, we can train you the correct way to use your gun and put your shots on target in one 5-hour training session.

Take it from us, it is cheaper and less painful to take a class with us. That way you will still be on speaking terms with your brother in-law at Thanksgiving dinner.

We conduct training for all skill levels. We offer training for:

  • Personal defense
  • Home defense
  • Concealed carry licensing
  • Church and synagogue safety team training

Contact us by phone, email or through our website.

More U.S. Pastors Rely on Armed Congregates as Church Security – Study Confirms

“Most churches are small, so security plans often don’t need to be elaborate or expensive,”

06-08-2023 – Talia Wise – CBN News

A new Lifeway Research study confirms that most pastors are making their congregant’s safety one of their top priorities.

According to “Planning and Armed Congregants Top Church Security Measures”, 81 percent of U.S. Protestant pastors say their church has some type of security measure in place.

Although churches are meant to be safe places, recent mass shootings make it hard for churches to ignore that they must be prepared for the unthinkable.

“Churches are not immune to violence, disputes, domestic disagreements, vandalism, and burglary,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “While loving one another is a core Christian teaching, churchgoers still sin, and non-churchgoers are invited and welcomed. So real security risks exist whether a congregation wants to acknowledge them or not.”

Fifty-seven percent of pastors are most likely to say their congregation has an intentional plan for an active shooter situation. While 54 percent say armed church members are part of the measures they have in place.

More than a quarter use radio communication among security personnel, while 1 in 5 say they have a no firearms policy in the building where they meet or have armed private security personnel on-site.

Fewer have uniformed police officers on church grounds (5%) or metal detectors at entrances to screen for weapons (1%).

As CBN News reported, American churches have seen a steady rise in acts of hostility in recent years.

The FRC’s “Hostility Against Churches” report documents 420 acts between January 2018 and September 2022. They include vandalism, arson, bomb threats, gun-related incidents, and more.

“Criminal acts of vandalism and destruction of church property are symptomatic of a collapse in societal reverence and respect for houses of worship and religion – in this case, churches and Christianity,” the report states.

“Americans appear increasingly comfortable lashing out against church buildings, pointing to a larger societal problem of marginalizing core Christian beliefs, including those that touch on hot-button political issues related to human dignity and sexuality,” the FRC explains.

Andy Willis, who heads up security at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, told CBN News he has the monumental task of keeping their almost 30,000-member congregation safe.

“Today, churches that speak the truth, that teach and preach true biblical principles, they draw a lot of attention because there are a lot of components of society today that don’t want to hear that,” Willis said.

“As a church security team, we have to be prepared for those kinds of situations, to intervene and to protect the flock,” he added.

The Lifeway Research shows that churches are not just relying on security teams but are softening to the idea of allowing congregants to carry firearms.

Last year, only 45 percent of the pastors polled said part of their security measures include having armed church members. That number has jumped up to 54 percent this year.

In 2019, 27% said they enforced a no firearms policy at their building, but that number has dropped to 21% now.

“Most churches are small, so security plans often don’t need to be elaborate or expensive,” McConnell said.

Meanwhile, those polled say they are less likely to rely on intentional planning to address potential security threats. In 2019, 62 percent said they had such a plan in place for an active shooting situation. Since then, that number has fallen to 57 percent.

“While churches may have different convictions on how to maintain security, it is surprising that fewer churches have an intentional plan for an active shooter than did in 2019,” said McConnell. “As churches cut back on activities during COVID, this may have been one of the initiatives that did not resume for some churches.”

CONCEALED WEAPONS IN CHURCHES – Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons In Religious Institutions Into Law

Today, June 30, 2021 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that allows persons holding a valid Florida concealed carry weapons license the right to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon on property owned by a religious institution that shares property with an licensed educational facility.

HB 259 was signed into law by Governor DeSantis today, June 30, 221. The bill takes effect immediately. 


Updated 06/30/2021 – 2:08 PM

DeSantis signs ‘Church Carry’ bill, legalizing guns at places of worship

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law will let concealed carry permit holders to have their guns with them at churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions, as well as property owned, leased, or rented by them.

HB 259, called a “Church Carry” bill by some, took effect immediately upon becoming law.

Going forward, if you’ve got a concealed carry permit and own a gun, you can now take it with you to church. The bill allowing the carry restriction at religious institutions was short, just over a page long.

The new law says that it does not limit the private property rights of churches, synagogues, or other religious institutions to exercise control over their property regarding firearms. The institutions will still be allowed to control whether or not firearms are allowed on their property.

While HB 259 expands Second Amendment rights for gun owners of faith, even supporters say the bill “doesn’t go far enough.”

Pro-gun organization Florida Gun Rights says the law doesn’t go far enough because it doesn’t make Constitutional Carry the law of the land, though the new legislation is “a step in the right direction.”

Constitutional Carry is the right to legally carry a handgun, openly or concealed, regardless of permit or license. 21 states have Constitutional Carry currently, Florida is not one of them, according to Florida Gun Rights.

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In-Gauge of Polk County’s Church Guardian Training Program click on this link to learn more.

CHURCH GUARDIAN TRAINING – Another Class Graduated

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING trains you to defend your life and the lives of others, and go home at the end of the day.

We continue to train and graduate more Church Guardians.

This week, we graduated another group of Church Guardians (June 25, 2021). These people will be protecting the members of their congregation. They will also have your back while you are shopping, filling your gas tank or dining and you will never know they are there.

They have more than a concealed carry license. They have been trained to carry a deadly weapon and protect the lives of the members of their congregation.

This group completed over 15 hours of ‘active shooter’ Church Guardian training that included: situational awareness, mental preparedness, the drawing from a holster, advanced live-fire handgun training, that included the use of cover and concealment, moving, shooting, reloading, moving between cover and concealment, managing firearm malfunctions, while engaging single and multiple assailants and Stop The Bleed emergency wound care training.

Below is an example of what their training looked like. If you or other members of your congregation would like to receive similar training, do not hesitate to contact us . . .

Regardless if you have already taken a concealed carry class or you have a Florida concealed carry license, contact us for official NRA firearms training that will prepare you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Our advanced CHURCH GUARDIAN TRAINING teaches more than just how to shoot little round holes in a piece of paper hanging from a string. Our GUARDIAN TRAINING trains you how to defend your life and the lives of others, and go home at the end of the day.

Having a concealed carry license is of no benefit if you do not know how to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

Another CHURCH GUARDIAN Class Graduated

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING trains you how to defend your life and the lives of others, and go home at the end of the day.

This week, we graduated another group of Church Guardians. These people will be protecting the members of their church. They will also have your back while you are shopping, filling your gas tank or dining and you will never know they are there.

They have more than a concealed carry license. They have been trained to carry a deadly weapon and protect the lives of the members of their congregation.

This group completed over 15 hours of ‘active shooter’ Church Guardian training that included: situational awareness, mental preparedness, the drawing from a holster, advanced live-fire handgun training, that included the use of cover and concealment, moving, shooting, reloading, moving between cover and concealment, managing firearm malfunctions, while engaging single and multiple assailants and Stop The Bleed emergency wound care training.

Below is an example of what their training looked like. If you or other members of your congregation would like to receive similar training, do not hesitate to contact us . . .

Regardless if you have already taken a concealed carry class or you have a Florida concealed carry license, contact us for official NRA firearms training that will prepare you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Our advanced CHURCH GUARDIAN TRAINING teaches more than just how to shoot little round holes in a piece of paper hanging from a string. Our GUARDIAN TRAINING trains you how to defend your life and the lives of others, and go home at the end of the day.

Having a concealed carry license is of no benefit if you do not know how to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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In-Gauge of Polk County's advanced concealed carry training class
In-Gauge of Polk County Active Shooter Training

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

Texas Grand Jury Clears Church Safety Team Member In Fatal ‘Self-Defense’ Shooting

“The grand jury found Jack Wilson was “justified” in using lethal force.”

Texas grand jury: No action against killer of church shooter

Florida – Deacon Attacked During Sunday Morning Service

“You don’t know whether he’s got a knife or something.”

Pompano Beach, Florida

Deacon Attacked During Sunday Service

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863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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Man arrested after tackling deacon at Pompano Beach church

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was looking for mercy in a Broward County courtroom after he was captured on surveillance video tackling a deacon in the middle of a service at a church in Pompano Beach, leaving the victim bruised and shaken up.

The security footage shows the assailant, identified as Thomas Eisel, running toward Deacon George Labelle during Mass at St. Coleman Catholic Church, Saturday evening.

Prior to the attack, Deacon Labelle is seen speaking to the congregation while he paces back and forth.

Moments later, Eisel is seen standing up and walking away from the pews before he charges at Deacon Labelle.

The men are seen tussling for several seconds before church members hop to their feet to help the deacon.

“Naturally they want try to defend him. You don’t know what’s going through the guy’s mind,” said parishioner Tim Gilmore. “You don’t know whether he’s got a knife or something.”

Eisel was placed under arrest and appeared in bond court over the weekend. He was charged with one count of battery and one count of disturbing the peace.

“It’s kind of infuriating, you know, that all that stuff is going on out there,” said parishioner Jay Parcel. “It’s just not safe anymore.”

Court records show Eisel is on probation after being convicted back in 2017 for battery on a person over the age of 65.

Florida – Church Deacon Attacked During Sunday Morning Service

The men were tussling for several seconds before church members hop to their feet to help the deacon.

Pompano Beach, Florida

Deacon Attacked During Sunday Service

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863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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Man arrested after tackling deacon at Pompano Beach church

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was looking for mercy in a Broward County courtroom after he was captured on surveillance video tackling a deacon in the middle of a service at a church in Pompano Beach, leaving the victim bruised and shaken up.

The security footage shows the assailant, identified as Thomas Eisel, running toward Deacon George Labelle during Mass at St. Coleman Catholic Church, Saturday evening.

Prior to the attack, Deacon Labelle is seen speaking to the congregation while he paces back and forth.

Moments later, Eisel is seen standing up and walking away from the pews before he charges at Deacon Labelle.

The men are seen tussling for several seconds before church members hop to their feet to help the deacon.

“Naturally they want try to defend him. You don’t know what’s going through the guy’s mind,” said parishioner Tim Gilmore. “You don’t know whether he’s got a knife or something.”

Eisel was placed under arrest and appeared in bond court over the weekend. He was charged with one count of battery and one count of disturbing the peace.

“It’s kind of infuriating, you know, that all that stuff is going on out there,” said parishioner Jay Parcel. “It’s just not safe anymore.”

Court records show Eisel is on probation after being convicted back in 2017 for battery on a person over the age of 65.

Texas Church Shooting : Lessons Learned

Schedule a free, presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ, Texas church shooting.

Thursday evening, we conducted another free, private ‘presentation, analysis and discussion’ on the December 29th Texas church shooting for a local congregation.

If your church or ministry has a safety response team or are considering starting one, contact In-Gauge of Polk County for a free 1 hour presentation.

You may have watched the Texas church shooting video a dozen times, but if you did not see the armed ‘security’ team member fall face first, with his drawn gun presented, you need to attend this seminar.

PRESENTATION and DISCUSSION

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

Packing and Praying: Why some Southwest Florida churches have armed security

Packing and praying: Why some Southwest Florida churches have armed security

 February 10th 2020 – by Evan Dean

As acts of violence rattle church congregations across the U.S., some churches in SWFL are making sure they’re armed and ready.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For tens of millions of people across the U.S., the church is a sacred place – a place for comfort, redemption, and refuge.

A place where an act of violence is seemingly unthinkable.

But shootings inside churches have become all-too-common in recent years, rattling congregations across the country.

The latest church shooting to receive national attention happened in late December at the West Freeway Church of Christ in North Texas.

A gunman killed two people but was shot dead within seconds by Jack Wilson, the volunteer head of security at the church.

Wilson, who owns a gun range, was hailed a hero by local law enforcement.

“I don’t feel like I killed a human. I killed an evil,” Wilson told NBC News after the shooting.

The violence in Texas – and the rapid containment of the threat – has again raised a question that’s been posed before: should churchgoers, specifically church security teams, carry guns?

Generally, Florida law does allow a licensed gun owner to carry a concealed firearm in a church.

Russell Howard, the lead pastor at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, acknowledged the sad reality that shootings in places of worship have become far too common.

“Inevitably, you wonder – could this happen to me, or to a friend, or to a colleague, or to a church that is closer to us?” Howard said in an interview with NBC2. “It is a fallen world. It is a broken world.”

McGregor Baptist is one of the biggest churches in southwest Florida, and Howard admits their approach to security has changed in recent years.

“One of our initial ideas was — let’s keep it completely discrete. For heaven’s sake, let’s not let anyone notice that we have some very alert people. That is no longer our position,” Howard explained.

While he wouldn’t share all their safety measures, Howard said McGregor Baptist has a full-fledged security team – including some members who are retired or off-duty police officers.

He said the team checks bags at the doors, has people monitoring crowds, and yes, some members do carry guns.

“While politicians in environments who, by the way, are protected by men with guns, debate how to stop mass shootings… a gentleman in Texas stopped one in six seconds,” Howard said.

“The means to containment of a violent, misbehaving person, is to de-escalate the situation. And if that calls for the disciplined and effective use of counter-measured violence, as regrettable as that is, inarguably — at least in the Texas case — and I say this with gravity, my brother, not flippancy… it worked.”

McGregor Baptist has also held active shooter training with law enforcement to keep the congregation safe. Still, Pastor Howard maintained that all that training and security is ultimately secondary.

“This church is secure to the degree the will of God deems it so. My absolute trust is in the will of God,” Howard said. “I wouldn’t wish [a shooting] to happen. I very much hope it doesn’t. But we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

NBC2 Investigators spoke with leaders at several other churches in Southwest Florida, including one pastor who said they hire an armed security team to monitor their services.

However, not every pastor believes that guns belong in churches.

Several local leaders declined to interview for the story. Some indicated that their security wasn’t quite where they wanted it to be. Others didn’t feel comfortable divulging their practices or openly discussing the topic.

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