I don’t mean for this to be a North vs. South discussion; however, after reading two articles, one about banning off-duty officers from bringing guns into stadiums based on the NFL’s gun ban and another about overriding the NFL’s policy, I couldn’t help but relate it immediately…especially since Ohio was the one that the banned guns while the state of Texas allows them.
North of the Mason-Dixon Line, FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Cleveland Browns have home field advantage, has prohibited off-duty Cleveland police officers from bringing their guns into the stadium even though officers have other duties before and after football games in which they are required to be armed.
“A police officer is never happy to give up his service weapon, especially when we have the right to carry it, you know, 24 hours 7 days a week, and we’re upheld by our oath to protect and service the public on or off duty,” commented Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association.
Heading south of the Mason-Dixon Line, a Texas state law supersedes the NFL’s policy. As long as officers check in at a specific gate at AT&T Stadium, home field of the Dallas Cowboys, to inform security where they will be sitting, off-duty officers can keep their guns with them at games.
“Our officers are 24/7, on- or off-duty, and if they run into a critical incident, they are required to take action,” said Ron Pinkston of the Dallas Police Association.
I must say that I am glad to see both state’s police associations being on the same page when it comes to officer’s weapons, but it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of this:
Do you think off-duty officers should be allowed to bring their guns into an NFL stadium? Or, is pro-football not the time or place for guns?
My opinion? Honestly, I see no problem with this.
Looking forward to your comments, thoughts, opinions and reactions about this!