Some 200 people carrying guns showed up to an event at the New Bethel Church in Louisville Saturday night. The event was called an "Open Carry Celebration." Participants were invited to bring their weapons but they had to be unloaded before being allowed into the venue.
Pastor Ken Pagano told the media that the event was not a worship service. He said the church was simply hosting the event which included a film about gun safety and a raffle for a handgun.
The event didn't take place without controversy. The chuch's insurance carrier declined to cover the event and told Pagano they will not renew the policy. However, he was able to find another insurer to cover it.
Across town, peace and church groups held their own gun-free event in response to Pagano's event.