PHOTO: Tampa Church's Pro-Gun Sign Goes Viral, Warns of 'Deadly Force'

Pastor: I'd rather ruffle a few feathers than count bodies


TAMPA, Fla. - Leaders of a Tampa church say a controversial sign warning that the property is not a gun-free zone helps protect the congregation.

Signs are posted outside every public entrance at River at Tampa Bay Church in east Tampa.
"WE ARE HEAVILY ARMED - ANY ATTEMPT WILL BE DEALT WITH DEADLY FORCE - YES WE ARE A CHURCH AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE," the sign reads.
Julian Sutton supports his gun-toting congregation's security measures. River at Tampa Bay Church attracts a massive Sunday attendance, between 1,400 to 1,800 people to its main campus.

"People are in a place that they should feel safe," said Sutton. "To know that we have people that carry, in the event that something were to take place, that something like that could be stopped."

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