WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) _ Williston city commissioners have rejected a request from 10 local pastors that would have paved the way for concealed guns in churches.
The pastors say they don't necessarily plan to allow concealed weapons, but they want the decision left up to churches and not the government. The Rev. Will Page says, ``somewhere in this country there is some evil man that is plotting another mass murder.''
Commissioners on Tuesday night expressed concerns about safety if churchgoers are allowed to carry concealed weapons. Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk said if numerous people had guns, it could lead to a dangerous crossfire.
The commission voted 4-1 to deny the petition.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow concealed weapons in a church if the church approves it.