Pistols at the pulpit: Armed Albuquerque pastors protect parishioners

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – “Praise the load and pass the ammunition” – that line was attributed to a chaplain on a ship being attacked at Pearl Harbor. It became a famous patriotic song during World War II but little did that Navy chaplain realize, many of his fellow men of the cloth would be following his advise all these years later.

Over the years there have been growing trends of  ‘Pistol Packing Preachers’ and recently, a group of local churches are joining together to share information on crime trends.

This group is sharing information like the number of car break-ins they’ve had as well as keeping lists of suspicious vehicles driving around church parking lots. They also send out warnings about suspicious individuals, such as the Calvary Church did in January 2014 when they were went on high alert after a supposed threat by Brian Jaramillo.

The church gave a warning out to more than a dozen churches to look out for Jaramillo. Cavalry Church said Jaramillo was banned after making several in-person and email threats to members of the congregation.

Pastors say they rarely hear complaints about an armed campus. Some parishioners feel it’s important that when they go to church they feel safe, though it’s a shame it has to come to this.

Brian Jaramillo is facing a 31-count indictment for making threats and aggravated stalking.

The video in this story originally aired on KRQE News 13 July 24, 2012

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