Police Want NFL To Rescind Ban On Guns For Off-Duty, Retired Officers

A police officer wears the number of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still on his back before the start of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014... A police officer wears the number of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still on his back before the start of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, who is battling cancer, will be in attendance to watch him play for the first time. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) MORE LESS
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Police unions across the country are asking the National Football League to rescind its ban on guns for off-duty and retired officers at games following a series of terror attacks in Paris.

Three police unions in Detroit are drafting a letter against the “ill-advised” policy, The Detroit News reported Friday.

“Current events, not least the unconscionable acts of terrorism we have recently experienced, only add to the desirability of having readily available armed law enforcement officers even if they are not officially ‘on duty,'” a draft of the letter read, as quoted by the newspaper.

The National Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, had sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 20 that cited attacks on “well-attended venues and areas” by “radical killers” in asking him to rescind the policy.

The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio also sent letters before last week’s games to the owners of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, asking for the end of the ban on off-duty and retired officers from bringing guns into NFL stadiums.

“Each day our world is changing and becoming more and more dangerous. We do not have to look too far to see attacks by terrorists groups,” union president Jay McDonald wrote.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prohibited firearms in any NFL facility beginning in 2013 and a Minnesota appeals court upheld the league’s ban this year. In October 2013, Jeffrey Miller, the league’s chief security officer, told the National Fraternal Order of Police that the league believes “public safety inside our stadiums is best served by limiting the carrying of firearms to on-duty law enforcement” assigned to work each game.

The rule has two exceptions, MLive.com reported Sunday. Off-duty police officers can carry guns at the homes of the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.

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  1. Missed that field goal? Screwed. I remember when Browns fans were throwing FULL bottles of beer at the refs. Outside of the stupidity (drink the beer FIRST), sounds much better with bullets. Really don’t need reform of the officiating if some can bring guns into the stadium.

    Alcohol, sports, weapons…what could go wrong?

  2. It was a retired officer who shot and killed a movie goer in a Florida theatre over a texting dispute, so what’s to stop a retired officer from shooting somebody over some personal beef.

  3. Why not let the on duty Cops carry the weapons? How about the one’s that have not retired? Cops are not a special class of people.

  4. Yes, I’ve been watching that closely (Curtis Reeves). He’s invoking Stand Your Ground. He’s a crazy old man who should have never had a weapon. I’m afraid he’ll die before he gets to trial. That would drive me insane.

  5. Obviously the Police want to up the number of public citizen killings to offset the number of documented killing by police. This is an “increase the denominator” ploy. or a WTF moment.

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