NFL Ban on Off-Duty Officers Carrying Guns in Stadiums Invalid in Texas

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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