WA Lawmakers Propose Allowing Concealed Carry in NFL, MLB Stadiums
Republicans in Washington state are proposing allowing fans to bring legally-owned firearms into sports stadiums.
The proposal, expected to be introduced at the January legislative session, would allow citizens with a legal concealed carry license to bring a firearm into CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, the respective homes of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners.
Current rules at the privately-operated stadiums prohibit fans from bringing in guns, along with many other items, and visitors must pass through metal detectors.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that the NFL would oppose such a measure.
"We haven’t seen the proposed legislation but we have a policy forbidding carrying a weapon into NFL stadiums," an NFL spokesperson said in an email.
Opponents of the idea are quick to point out that NFL stadiums already have a problem when it comes to violence among intoxicated fans, many of whom consume large quantities of alcohol in pre-game tailgate parties.
The fan fisticuffs are often broadcast on social media. An ugly brawl from Thursday night's Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City went viral a few days ago, while last weekend a 49ers fan was attacked by a group of Dolphins fans in Miami.
On the other hand, some argue that fans might be less likely to pick fights if they believe others could be legally armed.
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