Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you’re going to the Blues or Cardinals games tonight, there’s a chance the person sitting next to you may be carrying a handgun.

That is, if he or she is an off-duty police officer.

While the NFL bans off-duty officers from carrying their sidearms into the stadium, there are no such restrictions at Busch Stadium or Scottrade Center.

St. Louis Police Officers Association president Joe Steiger tells KMOX that’s the safer way to deal with the issue.

“We obviously don’t want police officers locking their guns up in their cars and leaving to go to a game and come back and find their car broken into, and they have these weapons out on the streets being used against us and other people in the community,” he says.

Steiger says fans should also feel safer having officers among them, able to spring into action if necessary.

Steiger says two officers were unable to defend themselves when they were robbed outside the Dome last year. He says the association plans to meet with the Rams before next season, hoping to establish a place where off-duty officers can store their sidearms when they’re at the game.

“I would think most fans would be comfortable with the fact that you have police officers,” Steiger says. “There’s police officers throughout the city all the time mixed in with the citizens who are armed and they don’t even know.”

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