Minnesota police association sues NFL over policy banning handguns in stadiums

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 5:33 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — An association representing Minnesota police officers is suing the National Football League over a policy banning handguns in stadiums unless the gun holder is providing security.

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ummmyeahFeb. 18, 14 1:12 PM

Sorry, but I don't want off-duty cops in the stadium with guns.

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coffeebreak8Feb. 18, 14 1:13 PM

Why don't we all bring our guns in. That way there would be so many more people could help out and respond "in case something happens."

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phunkhat1Feb. 18, 14 1:17 PM

I agree ummmyeah. They are off-duty so they are allowed to get hammered, talk smack to opposing fans, so they shouldn't be allowed to carry a gun into a stadium of 60,000+. Let the people being paid to keep the place secure have the upper hand. Most cops are the among the most responsible individuals with firearms; then you have the Police Chief who got in an argument in a movie theater last month and thought it was prudent to start shooting in public.

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EleanoreFeb. 18, 14 1:19 PM

In MN this is state property so ultimately it's up to the legislature, not the NFL despite their rental opportunity. That said the only legal decision that could be made is that either 1. All citizens are allowed to carry in the stadium, or 2. Only on duty licensed police officers are allowed to carry there. Allowing private security to carry in a state bldg but not the general public wouldn't be any more constitutionally compliant than allowing off duty police who are civilians as well.

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Seawaves AheadFeb. 18, 14 1:21 PM

The policy is not about safety. The NFL is showing political sensitivity to garner favorable publicity. It is probably a good idea to forbid leagal gun carriers given the amount of alchol the NFL sells. Preventing off duty police officers from carrying guns is foolish and makes the stadium less not more safe.

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whsuksFeb. 18, 14 1:22 PM

For once I agree with the NFL, but I see the police point of view. Yes, allow full time policeman and women to carry their weapons. Off duty cops can be an advantage. Do NOT allow the public in general this option.

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ummmyeahFeb. 18, 14 1:26 PM

phunkat1, exactly what you said. If you want to carry your gun, wear your uniform and stay away from the beer. Can you imagine the financial liability to a community whose off-duty cop discharged his/her firearm at a stadium after drinking? Not good.

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EleanoreFeb. 18, 14 1:39 PM

"It is probably a good idea to forbid legal gun carriers given the amount of alcohol the NFL sells." - Even I agree with that, but it must apply to all citizens including off duty police who are just plain citizens like everyone else, trained or otherwise, licensed or otherwise. Civil rights apply to everyone equally, including police, off duty or on.

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avejoeconFeb. 18, 14 1:40 PM

This isn't that hard to figure out. If you are a Licensed Police officer and you are employed by the stadium for the game, You should be able to carry your weapon. This will get fixed without any fanfare before long.

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privateeyeFeb. 18, 14 1:47 PM

To all the off duty cops, I am good, if anything happens, I don't want your help in the stadium. Leave your gun at home like the rest of us off duty civilians.

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