Minnesota Police Don’t Like Being Treated Like Normal Citizens and Are Suing The NFL Over Their Gun Policy
Well, this is interesting. Apparently some law enforcement officers in Minnesota don’t like being treated like regular ol’ citizens in regards to their carry rights.
As you may have heard, the NFL recently announced that even off duty police officers would be prohibited from carrying firearms into NFL stadiums (I’ll continue to watch from home if I watch at all).
Evidently, they some officers didn’t like that. According to 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.”
So far, only the Dallas Cowboys have challenged the NFL on the rule, citing state law that supersedes the rule. According to CBS DFW,
According to the NFL memo, “off-duty officers who attempt to bring firearms into an NFL facility will be denied entry.”
But a Texas state law overrides the NFL policy. As long as officers attending the game check in at a specific gate and inform Security where they are sitting – they can have their gun.