(Independent) -Three Republican lawmakers in Washington have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring firearms into sports stadiums, including Seattle’s privately owned and operated CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.
House Bill 1015, sponsored by representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin, would prevent stadiums from banning fans who carry a licensed concealed weapon into their facilities.
“We haven’t seen the proposed legislation but we have a policy forbidding carrying a weapon into NFL stadiums,” Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, told the Washington Post on Sunday.
The announcement follows an uptick in violent incidents at NFL stadiums, according to data compiled by the Post over the past five years, and could cause major concern for families in attendance
Washington is a traditionally blue state so the chances the bill passesare slim to none. Still, the state legislature will likely decide the bill’s fate when officials reconvene in January. Continue Reading
What do you think?
Should fans be able to carry into football stadiums?
Currently firearms are banned from most major sporting events across the country.
Primarily because the idea of revved up, intoxicated football fans firing their weapons blindly into the opposing crowd after a disappointing loss seems like a viable outcome (especially after watching the video below).
Here in Atlanta you are not allowed to carry any sort of weapon into any of the major sporting venues.
I personally have never had any sort of issue with carrying concealed at Turner Field, Phillips Arena or the Georgia Dome. Although I’ve have had quite a few pocket knives confiscated…
The reason for carrying at these games isn’t necessarily because of what goes on in the stadium, but the surrounding area (although the Braves have hopefully fixed this issue by moving the stadium North of Atlanta).
Even though this bill will never pass, it’s good to see someone going for it.
I don’t believe it will have the negative affects that the NFL is worried about.
But it will help keep fans safe when traveling to and from the stadiums.