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Pistol-Packing Pastor Resigns
Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Lousiville, Kentucky, resigned on Oct. 7 to promote gun rights and church security. Pagano made national headlines earlier this year when he hosted an "Open Carry Celebration" at the church. About 200 people, many of them carrying holstered firearms, attended the event on June 27. Pagano joined with New York rabbi Gary Moskowitz to form the International Security Coalition of Clergy, and the two plan to tour Israel next year to learn security techniques.    

Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

June 27: A gun owner listens to Pastor Ken Pagano speak during his "Open Carry Celebration" at New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky. Pagano encouraged attendees to bring their unloaded firearms to the event.

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Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

When he was minister of new Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., Ken Pagano drew about 150 attendees per week. Two hundred people, some from outside his congregation, came to his "Open Carry Celebration" earlier this year.

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Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

Pastor Ken Pagano is teaming up with New York rabbi Gary Moskowitz to promote gun rights and security. Moskowitz has become more worried about church defense since plans for attacks on New York synagogues were uncovered in May.

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Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

Pastor Ken Pagano speaks about gun rights and safety at his event in Kentucky. Members of the congregation in attendance watched safety videos and sang patriotic songs. 

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Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

Pastor Ken Pagano shows off his own gun. Pagano resigned last week to promote gun rights and church security.

(Photo: AP)

Gun-Promoting Pastor Resigns

A gun owner listens to Pastor Ken Pagano speak about gun rights and church security.

(Photo: AP)

Pistol-Packing Pastor Resigns

Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Lousiville, Kentucky, resigned on Oct. 7 to promote gun rights and church security. Pagano made national headlines earlier this year when he hosted an "Open Carry Celebration" at the church. About 200 people, many of them carrying holstered firearms, attended the event on June 27. Pagano joined with New York rabbi Gary Moskowitz to form the International Security Coalition of Clergy, and the two plan to tour Israel next year to learn security techniques.    

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