ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police is calling on the NFL to let retired and off-duty police officers carry guns into football stadiums. Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand hopes the league will listen this time.
“We had a pretty strong push in 2013 when they were talking about this policy, and they didn’t seem to hear our concerns,” Ahlbrand says. “But with what’s been going on with the world now hopefully they take another look at it.”
Ahlbrand says the NFL’s current firearms ban “weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans.”
Many police departments require off-duty officers to carry a weapon, and Ahlbrand says the NFL’s ban is contradicting that rule.
He also is concerned about the possibility of situations where a crime is happening, but off-duty officers won’t be able to stop it.
“A well-planned attack by terrorists, there is no doubt that they will be able to get guns into the stadium if they really wanted to,” Ahlbrand says. “And it would be extremely helpful to have trained, armed law enforcement people ready to take action.”
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