NFL Ban on Off-Duty Officers Carrying Guns in Stadiums Invalid in Texas
The NFL's ban on allowing off-duty police officers to carry guns into stadiums has at least two exceptions--the two NFL stadiums in Texas.
According to CBS DFW, "Texas state law overrides the NFL policy. As long as officers attending the game check in at a specific gate and inform Security where they are sitting, they can have their gun." This exception to the NFL's gun ban will apply to the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington and the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium.
The Dallas Police Association's Ron Pinkston agrees with the Texas law: "Our officers are 24/7, on or off duty, and if they run into a critical incident they are required to take action."
On October 7th, Breitbart News reported the NFL's ban on off-duty officers carrying their sidearms into NFL stadiums. On February 18th, Breitbart News reported the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association was suing the NFL, claiming the ban on off-duty officers carrying guns "violates state law."
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