NYPD Union Joins The Lawsuit Against the NFL in Regards to Their Gun Carry Policy

March 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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nypdIt looks like the NYPD doesn’t like being held to the same standards as us everyday citizens when it comes to their rights.

We reported a while back that police in Minnesota were suing the NFL over their policy which would ban off duty and retired cops from carrying firearms at NFL games (this has long been the case for non law enforcement). Now, the NYPD is getting in on the action.

According to the NY Post, the NYPD’s Sergeants Union feels that officers should be able to carry at NFL games and deny them that right is a violation of the law. According to The Post,

Sergeants Benevolent Association President Edward Mullins said the new league policy is a violation of any state laws that allow off-duty cops to carry their guns in public places.

“The NFL is telling us that highly trained law enforcement officials shouldn’t be allowed to enter stadiums with their guns,” he said.

SBA lawyers plan to submit a “friend of the court” filing that would be attached to a Minnesota lawsuit by two police unions that challenges the policy.

Here is some info on the Minnesota case from The Star Tribune,

The National Football League has been slapped with a lawsuit by two Minnesota law enforcement organizations challenging its authority to prohibit off-duty officers from bringing guns into stadiums.

Since 2003, state law has allowed licensed peace officers to carry weapons in private establishments, even when signs banning guns are posted. But in September, the NFL alerted team owners that it was instituting a new policy forbidding anyone other than on-duty officers and private security personnel working its games to carry weapons in stadiums.

Not only does that policy violate state law, it’s unenforceable, argues a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court. The suit picked up steam after an off-duty Minneapolis police officer attending the Minnesota Vikings’ final game in December was told to take his gun and lock it in his car.

“This is the most unsafe thing you could do,” said Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, one of the plaintiffs. “Officers are trained and encouraged to be able to respond 24 hours a day. This is terrible public policy.”

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