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FOP attacks NFL's firearms ban in stadiums

Posted at 11:21 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 23:21:58-05

Should off-duty and retired law enforcement officers be allowed to carry firearms into NFL stadiums? Should you? The National Fraternal Order of Police says yes.

In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week, Chuck Canterbury, president of the National FOP, expressed his dismay at the NFL's policy of prohibiting firearms in the league's offices, stadiums and practice facilities.

Canterbury said in the wake of terror attacks around the world, the league should rescind the policy which "weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans."

"The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict – mass murder and casualty events," Canterbury wrote. "Well-attended venues and areas are being deliberately targeted by these radical killers who do not intend or expect to survive the assault."

Canterbury says the FOP "does not understand and does not agree" with the league's decision, and asks that at least off-duty and retired police officers be allowed to carry firearms inside stadiums.


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