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Proposal Would Let Fans Bring Guns to Stadiums

League opposes idea in Washington state
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2016 4:09 PM CST
Proposal Would Let Fans Bring Guns to Stadiums
Kansas City and Houston fans face off during the second half of a playoff football game in January.   (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Lawmakers in Washington state are floating a controversial idea to let sports fans bring guns to the stadium. Under the proposed amendment to state code, private entities that operate stadiums would not be able to prevent people with licenses for concealed guns from entering while armed, reports CBS Sports. In this case, the law would cover CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks play, and Safeco Field, where the Mariners play.

Not on board with the idea? The NFL. “We haven’t seen the proposed legislation but we have a policy forbidding carrying a weapon into NFL stadiums,” the league's vice president of communications tells the Washington Post in an email. As the Guardian notes, "there would be obvious concerns about allow firearms into venues with alcohol and where passions can ignite." (More guns stories.)

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