The National Football League has implemented a new stadium policy that bans off-duty police officers from carrying guns into games…except in the state of Texas.
According to the NFL memo, “off-duty officers who attempt to bring firearms into an NFL facility will be denied entry.”
But a Texas state law overrides the NFL policy. Armed off duty officers attending Cowboys games must now check in at a specific gate and inform Security where they are sitting.
Ron Pinkston of the Dallas Police Association says that the Texas law is sensible.
“Our officers are 24/7, on or off duty, and if they run into a critical incident – they are required to take action” says Pinkston. “Our officers will be allowed to carry their weapon into AT&T Stadium and other football stadiums in the State of Texas due to Texas law.”
Police officers are authorized to carry their firearms around the clock, on or off duty under Texas law. Retired law enforcement officers who are armed under provisions of the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) are also authorized to carry in stadiums under Texas law http://bonzerwolf.squarespace.com/today/2011/8/8/texas-leosa-refresher.html
Under the NFL policy only law enforcement officers “specifically assigned to work security at the games, or private security officers contracted for stadium protection” can carry a gun inside NFL controlled stadiums. The new NFL policy bans all off-duty federal, state and local law enforcement officers from carrying weapons in any NFL stadium or facility except those located in Texas.