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FOP Pres. to NFL: Let Us Carry Guns to Games

Requesting a policy change to circumvent violence.

Publius · Dec. 4, 2015

National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury recently wrote the NFL with an interesting request: “Today, I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge you to rescind this policy, which weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans.” What is “this policy”? The one banning concealed carry permit holders the ability to carry firearms at NFL games, which was once up to teams and stadiums until the league passed its own ban in 2014. The letter continued, “The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict — mass murder and casualty events. Well-attended venues and areas are being deliberately targeted by the radical killers who do not intend or expect to survive the assault. Law enforcement, even when working actively with highly trained and skilled security professionals, cannot be certain that all threats will be detected and neutralized.” Therefore, requested Canterbury, the NFL should allow at least retired and off-duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms at games. Of course, the NFL is unlikely to grant the request given the growing fear mongering about guns.

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