MLB Will Implement TSA Type Screening at All Ballparks Next Year
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if we aren’t careful, we’re all going to have to undergo TSA airport style screens every morning when we walk out of our houses.
We’ve already seen that these types of screens do little to actually protect us, as seen in last years LAX shooting, however the feel good measure is catching on the private sector now.
According to the NY Daily News, all MLB ballparks will begin having more intense screening processes next year. This could mean more invasive searches by security agents or even airport style scanners.
While every MLB ballpark I can think of has a policy of “no weapons” it is still technically legal to carry concealed weapons into these places in many states (be sure to understand your states off limits locations and carry laws, they vary GREATLY from state to state).
This new policy will insure that law abiding citizens who wish to take in a live game will have to be unarmed. Many ballparks are near downtown areas and city centers. The same areas in many cities where crime tends to be higher. Now you will have to leave your firearm in your car (criminals will know this too) and walk however far to and from the stadium to take in a game.
According to the New York Daily News article,
“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that fans entering Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with this year’s opener.
Personally, I will not be setting foot into any live sporting event where I am unable to protect my family on the trip there and back.