The leaders of one of New York City’s police unions wants the National Football League to allow police officers to carry guns in stadiums, in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
According to this story from ABC7ny.com, Sgt. Ed Mullins, the president of NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, has created an online petition (which you can view here)with the goal of changing the NFL’s standing policy, which prohibits on- and off-duty police as well as retired officers from carrying firearms in NFL stadiums.
As of the afternoon of Nov. 19, the petition had 2,100 supporters with a goal of 2,500.
The petition states: “In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France, in which a soccer stadium was targeted, the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association demands that Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, change the policy…This is not only a law enforcement issue, it is a public safety issue that must be immediately addressed. NFL stadiums are often publicly funded and receive monetary incentives paid by tax dollars. We urge all nationwide law enforcement personnel to sign this petition to help put an end to this illogical ruling that puts the lives of so many fans at great risk.”
The stadiums of only two teams are exempt from the NFL’s rule, the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans, because they both convinced the league that the Texas carry laws supersede the league’s policy.
Joe Giacalone, a former police officer and now an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said in the story that if officers are allowed to be armed in stadiums, then there should be rules in place about whether or not they are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages while doing so.