Fans could bring guns into stadiums under proposed bill in Washington state

Conservative state legislators have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums

Conservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums.

The bill was proposed by Republican representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin and would prevent stadium operators from stopping members of the public with licenses to carry concealed firearms from entering their venues with weapons. Stadiums affected would include the Seattle Mariners Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, the home of the NFLs Seattle Seahawks and MLSs Seattle Sounders. The Sounders won their first MLS title on Saturday night with victory over Toronto FC.

On Sunday, the NFL told the Washington Post it would oppose the bill. We havent seen the proposed legislation but we have a policy forbidding carrying a weapon into NFL stadiums, Brian McCarthy, the NFLs vice president of communications, said in a statement.

Although US sports do not have the same reputation for violence as some of the more dangerous parts of European and South American soccer, there would be obvious concerns about allow firearms into venues with alcohol and where passions can ignite. The Seahawks have the lowest arrest rate in the NFL, with 0.8 arrests per game. The San Diego Chargers have the highest, with 24.6 arrests per game although that figure is partly influenced by the teams zero-tolerance policy.

The bill is likely to face strong opposition in Washington, a state with a strong Democratic base.

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