A church in rural Pennsylvania held a special ceremony to bless members and their AR-15s, leading a nearby school to cancel class for the day.
World Peace & Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania reportedly believes that the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the book of Revelations, and that they are meant to "protect God's children."
At the ceremony, Rev. Sean Moon prayed for "a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing."
Moon's brother, Justin, serves as CEO of weapons manufacturer Kahr Arms.
The controversial ceremony comes just two weeks after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman used an AR-15 in his attack.