[Video] NFL Bans Off Duty Officers From Carrying Guns at Games
So, NFL games just got safer right? If by safer you mean that virtually no one inside of an NFL stadium would be able to defend themselves, then sure, I guess they’re safer.
The NFL has always had a longstanding no weapons policy for us mere civilians and even goes a far as to search bags and use metal detectors in some situations. Nothing like being made to feel like you’re entering a high security prison before taking in a sporting event.
Now the NFL has extended that no weapons policy for off duty police officers, who could apparently carry a firearm into games prior to this.
According to WOIO,
…we’ve obtained an internal memo from the league. It limits permission to carry guns to law enforcement officers specifically assigned to work security at the games, or private security officers contracted for stadium protection.
“I understand they’re screening a little bit more with metal detectors, but you know when we walk through city streets we’re police officers, too,” [Police] Union President Jeff Filler said.
“You never know what’s gonna happen or when it’s gonna happen.”
Since the advent of affordable, large televisions combined with excellent camera work at most modern sporting events, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a live game, and it looks like it’s going to be even longer as I try to avoid gun free zones (aka victim disarmament zones) whenever possible.