Church leaders talk security in sanctuaries

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  The fatal shooting at a South Carolina church brings the conversation of church security to the forefront.

"The enemy always wants to break up where your peace is, so we have to guard that peace and guard this place," said All Nations Christian Center pastor Adrian Davis.

Church leaders say the safety of their congregants is a priority, having protocols already in place.

"We enhanced our security system, adding cameras much like the cameras used by the FBI to help apprehend the suspect that is detained now," said St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church senior pastor Patrick Clayborn.

In the wake of the shooting, they reached out to local law enforcement.

"They have ensured their protection over all houses of worship, not just Christian houses but Jewish and Muslim houses as well," said Rev. Clayborn.

Nationwide, pastors have different opinions on whether to ban firearms from sanctuaries -- but how would they gage that?

"Do we pat people down at the door to make sure they're not carrying? Do we put metal detectors there? Do we have a metal detector wand?" Rev. Davis runs through the hypotheticals and fears its eventual effect, "Then it becomes another reason why 'I don`t want to come to church.'"

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