Minnesota Officers Challenge NFL’s Stadium Gun Ban


The NFL is being sued by two Minnesota law enforcement organizations challenging its authority to prohibit off-duty officers from bringing guns into stadiums, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Since 2003, Minnesota state law has allowed licensed peace officers to carry weapons in private establishments. But in September, the NFL instituted a new policy forbidding anyone other than on-duty officers and private security personnel working its games to carry weapons in stadiums.

The policy violates state law and is unenforceable, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Hennepin County District Court. The suit picked up steam after an off-duty Minneapolis police officer attending the Minnesota Vikings' final game in December was told to take his gun and lock it in his car. The suit appears to be the first legal challenge to the NFL's gun policy.

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