Texas state law has overridden a National Football League policy in which
off-duty officers will be able to carry weapons to games with them. The
NFL policy states that the only police officers who are allowed to carry
a gun into games are those that are on duty and claim that there is no
need for an armed, off-duty police officer because security at games is
already effective on its own. if a problem arose, there would be enough
armed on-duty security to take care of it.
Normally, off-duty officers who attempt to bring guns to a game would be
denied entry. In Texas, however, state law overrides a lesser NFL regulation.
Armed off-duty officers would just need to come through a specific entrance
and inform security of where they will be sitting during the game.
Supporters of the NFL policy argue that there is already enough security
at games to protect from an active shooter. Also, alcohol served at games
may inhibit the training and precision of an off-duty officer at games.
Opponents of the policy support Texas’s gun law and say that it
adds another layer of protection at games that can reach a capacity of
up to 85,000 people.
Currently, there are two football stadiums in the state of Texas that house
NFL football teams. The Dallas Cowboys play at AT&T stadium in Arlington,
and the Houston Texans play at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Members of
the general public (ie- not off-duty officers) are prohibited from bringing
any weapons or firearms of any kind to these stadiums.
If you or someone you love has been charged in violation of Texas weapons laws,
contact your Austin gun lawyers at
Carroll Troberman, PLLC.