ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – On this Opening Day, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is asking Cardinals fans with concealed carry permits to leave their gun at home.
“You can’t take your gun into the ballpark, even if you have a concealed carry permit you can’t take your gun into the ballpark. Don’t even bring your gun down and leave it locked in your car,” he said.
The chief says he is concerned about car break-ins during the game and guns getting in the hands of criminals.
“Unfortunately, there is a portion of the segment of the population that looks for people who leave their concealed carry in the car and then, in the second or third inning when people are enjoying the game, they go and break the window in the car and perhaps steal the gun,” Dotson said.
Dotson said police will be out with extra patrols to discourage car break-ins and parking lot attendants are reminded they have a responsibility to keep an eye on their parking lots and call police if they see anyone loitering around cars during the game.
“Unless you’re engaged in a lifestyle that’s going to put you at risk, you’re not going to be the victim of violent crime going to a baseball game. You don’t need to bring your conceal and carry, you don’t need to bring your guns,” Dotson said. “What I don’t want to happen, and I’ve talked about it before, when officers are out on the street, I worry about them. I don’t want them to encounter your legal gun that became illegal when it fell in the hands of a criminal.”