An AR-15 rifle was allegedly used by Nikolas Cruz in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, according to police. Details of the 'gun blessing' were posted on the church site the day before the deadly attack.
A statement from the church refers to the AR-15 as a symbol of the "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible's apocalyptic Book of Revelation. It advises those unable to bring the weapon to bring a gift voucher from a gun store instead.
"If unable to purchase and legally transport such a 'rod of iron' because of laws barring the purchase of such weapons, or other reasons, couples are invited to purchase a $700 gift certificate from a gun store, as evidence of their intent to purchase a 'rod of iron' in the future," the church advises.