Texas pushes back against new NFL gun rules

The NFL has passed a new rule that bans off-duty law enforcement officers from bringing guns into stadiums, but Texas has decided to enact the policy in its own unique way. While the NFL memo states “off-duty officers who attempt to bring firearms into an NFL facility will be denied entry,” KTXA-TV reports Texas state law allows off-duty officers to carry so long as they check in at designated gates and let stadium officials know where they are sitting.

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“Just looking at this new NFL rule that off-duty police officers can’t carry guns into any NFL game. And I don’t even begin to understand that one. I’m sorry,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “How does that work again? They’re off-duty, they’re carrying a gun. Texas just said, ‘We don’t think that applies to us. So you go ahead and do that in all your, you know, crazy liberal gun states. This is Texas.’”

Ron Pinkston of the Dallas Police Association told KTXA 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,” Pinkston said. “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.”

Off-duty police officers in Texas are known to carry their firearms at all times because their oath requires them to “protect and serve the public.”

Glenn still failed to understand the prudence of publically acknowledging a certain area is essentially gun free. Though the NFL believes its stadiums already provide adequate security and, therefore, armed off-duty police officers are unnecessary.

“I don’t understand,” Glenn said. “Really, it is like, ‘Hey, come and shoot a bunch of people here because nobody has any guns.’”

“Wasn’t there just a study that actually all of these mass shootings have been done in no-gun zones? It’s like 95 or 99 or 100% of them,” Pat asked. ‘There’s a reason people don’t attack police stations.”

  • Anonymous

    So glad I live in TEXAS!!!

  • No Existo

    This guy Beck is absolutely insane. I don’t live in the US .I only “follow” him because i think he’s attractive (i’m into daddies and older men) but i strongly DISAGREE with EVERYTHING he says and writes in Social Media and TV (first time i saw him was on the international FOX News channel). i have to add that in my country NO ONE, except police officers (IN DUTY) is allowed to carry a gun…why do you need a gun anyway? To kill those who make traffic jams? those who don’t say “good morning” at 8 am in the office? Americans are very PARANOID.

  • Anonymous

    Since when can the NFL dictate where a police officer can and cannot carry his weapon?

  • Robert Torbett

    I used to live in Texas until about 3 years ago. We now live in Nebraska and we have conceal and carry here too. Our little town in Western Nebraska is not a place anyone wants to attempt to break into. There would more than likely the coroner would be needed. I have a couple of shotguns ready and a 22 rifle that has shot shells as the first 2 rounds in the clip and the rest are hollow points. By the way the shot shells are not bird shot but true shot shells in .22 Lr.

  • Anthony Hollars

    An armed society is a polite society. Not all officers get paid by the hour. They always have their badge and gun and are required to act if they encounter a situation in public. In America, every mass shooting has occurred inside a “gun-free zone”. Banning guns makes a location a target for terrorists or just the deranged who walk among us, but even the paranoid schizophrenics are mentally aware enough to choose gun-free locations to run their sprees.

  • Jim

    Off duty cops are citizens and should be treated no different than any other citizen. If I’m not allowed to carry, no one should. The difference…if a cop shoots someone, he’s given the benefit of the doubt that it was justified.

  • Robert Torbett

    The NFL is the ruling body for all the stadiums where their games are played. What will be interesting however, will be their reaction to Texas and what action might they attempt to take against Jerry Jones. I don’t think they want to mess with him as he has a lot of clout with the owners. There are many stores that show they ban guns, but they wouldn’t mess with any Law Enforcement personnel carrying. Regardless of where this may be, they would find themselves with many business violations costing high fines and possibly closing them down.

  • landofaahs

    I will say one thing, I find it humorous that Law enforcement people are not allowed to conceal carry in the NFL. I know quite a few in the law enforcement community that have an attitude that the average citizen should be unarmed but of course not themselves. But there are many good cops out there who actually believe everyone has the right to defend themselves. Frankly, if people who stand up for gun rights would boycott the NFL they would change their tune real fast.

  • Cynthia Banks

    1437th The can’t. All officers are on duty 24/7, and no one can take their arms away, not even on a airplane. It must be some liberal trying to disarm, the real police, so the Obama security can run rampant.

  • Anonymous

    No more gun Laws!

  • Anonymous

    since when does the NFL get to make laws? Fuck the NFL. State laws are not superseded by the NFL.

  • Charlie Red

    Awww darn, cry me a river, now the coppers are feeling the same treatment CITIZENS GET EVERY DAY.

  • Arclight

    I agree, Beck would appear to be insane to most any promiscuous, commie, liberal european…WTF?

  • Bill Norris

    What kind of voodoo do the democrats do to make people lose their f’in minds? How do we keep that disease from spreading to Texas? So glad I was born and raised in Texas!!

    …and please no grammar police. I wrote it like that on purpose.

  • Anonymous

    My family has lived here in Texas since 1822, fought in the Texas Revolution, several members of the Texas Rangers, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Iraq/Afghanistan. This is my home, Im a Texan First, God Bless Texas.

  • Anonymous

    When the People Fear the Government there is Tyranny; When the Government Fear the People there is Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson.
    That still applies to this day and to do so you need fire arms. In Texas there are over 11 guns per person, there are 23 million living in Texas. For a state with that population our crime is low. And our politicians in Texas do what we want.

  • Workin on it

    Cops are citizen every day. The only difference is they rush towards danger while almost everyone else runs away. Sure there are bad apples. tell me about an organization or company who doesn’t have someone abusing their power in some way or the other. I am positive you can not name one.

    Another thing, so you would rather have everyone brought down to the restrictive levels of gun ownership in many states than fight to have the same opportunity to acquire the same gun rights? i think you have your priorities all wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Wish I did! I live in the liberal state of Oregon, and can’t afford to move.

  • Workin on it

    Cops are citizen all day every day. The only difference is they rush towards danger while almost everyone else runs away.

    Another thing, so you would rather have everyone brought down to the restrictive levels of gun ownership in many states than fight to have the same opportunity to acquire the same gun rights? i think you have your priorities all wrong.

  • Anonymous

    If you don’t live here, then who cares what your opinion is?!

  • Jim

    Just the opposite. The more honest citizens who are armed, the safer and more polite our society would be. The 2nd Amendment is very clear. No restrictions on guns! Period! Cops are no different than anyone else. There are good ones and bad ones. I believe in equality under the law. No one is “more equal”!

  • Rich

    The NFL can say anything they want, they have NO jurisdiction over what the state says…..end of story.

  • David Herman

    Actually, that’s false. ANY company or corporation can enforce whatever rules it wants as long as it’s not less lenient than the law of the land. Some for instances:

    State law allows smoking inside of buildings, individual restaurants forbid it.
    State law requires ID under 21 to show ID when buying tobacco, stores require ID to anyone appearing under 40
    State law allows any animals into businesses, stores only allow Service animals

  • Stephen Buckley

    Just seems silly to me that the NFL is trying to push legislation while not paying any taxes that contribute to law enforcement. Whose going to enforce NFL gun rules? A NFL funded militia?

  • Locked Semaphore

    Disarming the police anywhere is a good thing. They would probably mistake someones hotdog for a gun and open fire.

  • Anonymous

    Most cops you encounter today are too fat to run toward anything. So they resort to using the supposed non-lethal taser to subdue their suspect, and in some cases it causes death. What sort of a pussy excuse for a man taser’s an un-armed woman for being unruly during a traffic stop? Or shoots someone’s pet dog right in front of their children because they’re too big of a pussy to deal with it respectfully? And what’s with all the paramilitary gear and swat teams raiding homes over a pot plant? No I”m sorry sir, but America’s cops have become a disgrace for all to see.

  • Anonymous

    The fact is, they sought public money to build a Stadium, which is in fact owned by the city of Arlington. I don’t believe anyone can dictate to the owner of the property who can and cannot carry guns on their property. Since it’s public, public laws would apply – including who gets to carry guns. Now, if the NFL teams would build their own stadiums on property they own, it would be different.

  • Anonymous

    So, because they are just as likely to abuse their power and have bad apples as every other organization, we should trust them more with guns than the average joe citizen? Your logic is flawed. And, who says I run away from gun fire? I might have to run to my car because Texas isn’t an open carry state, but who dares to say I run away?

  • Anonymous

    False. They can do so on their own property. That stadium is owned by the City of Arlington. Public laws apply. If NFL teams would build their own stadiums on land they own, then they could make that rule and enforce it.

  • Anonymous

    Buy a Glock 17 or 19 (gen 4) and get several 33 round mags. (I’m not a glock salesperson, fyi.) Buy gold dot +p ammo. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to reach for that, instead of a .22lr, you’ll thank me. (If you want American-made, look into Ruger SR9 or S&W M&P 9.) I couldn’t tell you the gun laws in Nebraska, but if you can own something like that, YOU SHOULD!

  • Anonymous

    We can only close our borders to people leaving California in droves and make it harder for people on the south-east side of every major Texas city to vote. Basically, impossible, unless you’re willing to limit people’s rights in some way… which I, personally, am not. The only other way is to educate people and make laws that free-up guns owners to carry openly and to own greater types of weapons.

  • Anonymous

    I think you need to quit drinking the kool-aid the media gives out. That cliche line you’re using doesn’t mean anything and is 100% wrong. It’s wrong in that not all cops do (Nor should they in all cases, for tactical reasons) run towards the sound of gun fire and not all non-police officers run away. Of course, if I don’t have a gun on me because I was required to leave my gun in my car, I’d have to run to get my gun. (Otherwise, I’d bring harsh language to a gun fight… I’d be better off with a knife, as the old saying goes.)

  • Anonymous

    You fool. We have rights – rights that are intended to protect us from our government and eachother. The right to keep and bear arms is a lynch-pin right to guarantee the others. You can live in your dictatorship-in-waiting, but don’t expect us to be moved by that kind of ignorant comment. The idea that you think people that lawfully own guns would use them on a bad driver, shows you have no idea about how our society functions, which you essentially admitted already. That being the case, you should listen, rather than speak ignorantly. There’s something like 13 guns per capita in Texas. If what you thought were true, Texas would have murdered itself long ago. Use your brain. Hell, watch a movie, like “V for Vendetta,” if you can’t imagine on your own why we might want guns. Ask Jews who lived in Germany in the 1930s-40s, if you can find one alive. But, listen to those that live in that culture and first understand what you’re talking about before you speak.

  • Anonymous

    Except allow open carry and loaded rifles in vehicles…

  • Anonymous

    hilarious, but sad…

  • Anonymous

    Private security with guns.

  • Benjamin Benish

    Oh yeah so patriotic of Texas to protect their officers but I bet private citizens can’t carry can’t you see the hypocrisy in this Glenn Beck they don’t care their citizens just the lawficers

  • No Existo

    Dude, first of all i live in Colombia. Yeah. We don’t have a dictatorship over here, it’s a fully democratic country, and we are the the closest South American allies of your government, just so you know ( but i think you already do since you claim to be so intelligent unlike me).

    So… i live in a country with a crime rate highly superior to any of your cities (no one is going to argue that fact) and indeed i do not know how your society works, but my question is, If we can live in Colombia without carrying guns, while there’s guerrilla in the countrysides and thugs all over the cities, why couldn’t you in your almighty land of the free and home of the brave?

    And we all thought you lived in a “paradise”. A paradise full of junk food and calories i guess.

  • No Existo

    Well that is your problem, not mine. I only speak my mind. That’s why we have this discussion board. And you clearly did, otherwise you wouldn’t have replied to it!

  • 1911HeadBanger

    The NFL and ESPN are turning into a bunch of Wussy Boy LibTards. I have no use for any of the Big Sports institutions anymore. When sportscasters get on TV and talk about Gun Control and other Liberal issues and the NFL now doesn’t want anyone carrying guns into their games, they can all kiss my ass.

  • Anonymous

    So glad I think the NFL are idiots and have never gone to one of their games.

  • http://disqus.com/KJinAZ/ KJinAZ

    If corporations like the NFL want to play politics, then they need to understand that their politics will affect their bottom line. Your wallet offers you vote with the ability to support those who support your views.

  • americanathlete

    Dinglebarry has this nation so divided! Before him & his oh-so-beautiful wife “graced” us with their presence, we were doing GREAT as THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD!!! I wish we had Putin as our leader, at least he’s not an anti-Christ!!!

  • Guest

    People who are psychotic or psychopathic should not be allowed to own guns.

  • Guest

    Glenn Beck would blow your head off with a shotgun if you knocked on his front door to ask for help.

  • Guest

    Please do not shoot a girl scout who is trying to sell cookies.

  • Guest

    How much fear do gun owners actually feel? Most gunowners seem to be aggressive rather than afraid. What happened in gun owners lives that caused them to become “fearful” of certain people?

  • Guest

    People who are gunowners should be required by law to put a sign saying that they are gun owners in their yard and on their front door. It would be really nice if gun owners did this without being forced to by law. Most people do not want to be shot just for knocking on someone’s front door.

  • Anonymous

    You’re entitled to your own opinion but I’m just wondering what you think is the best way to defend yourself if someone gets the drop on you and starts shooting at you. Are you going to throw rocks at them? Maybe say something so mean that they start crying and conclude that your words are more powerful than their gun?

  • Anonymous

    Colombia huh? I will comfortably stay away from a country where ransom kidnappings and corrupt law enforcement are the name of the game. We have junk food, but the beauty of it is, we can just not eat it.

  • Anonymous

    How many gun owners do you actually know? I live in the north woods of Wisconsin. I’d estimate that half of all households out here contain an arsenal of some kind. BUT…in my home town of about 8,000, there is a gun death about every 2 or 3 years…tops. A white tail deer might be able to tell you that the gun owners out here are aggressive, but the humans out here won’t.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard of girl scouts ringing doorbells or knocking on doors. I’ve not heard of them trying to pick locks, or attempting to vandalize or steal anything, or do anything that would make a man like Robert Torbett want to aim a gun at them. You see, when you say stupid things like this, you only make yourself look like an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    What motivates you to say things like this?

  • lembrandt

    Colorado has gone full scale liberal/socialist…and it’s getting worse. Looking for jobs in Texas…

  • joe michael villa

    oh now you’re for government intrusion.
    God You’re a hypocrite.

  • joe michael villa

    Tell that to the little girl who this past month had a man draw a shot gun when she tried to sell him cookies.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/03/gun-girl-scout-temecula-selling-cookies_n_4718818.html

    You see, when you say stupid things like this, you only make yourself look like an idiot.

  • James LaBarre

    Only if gun-hating liberals are ALSO required to put big signs on THEIR front lawns saying the occupants of that house are unarmed.

  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t heard about that, sorry. It’s one gun owner out of the millions of gun owners though, and obviously an isolated nutcase. It’s still a stereotype to say that one represents all. The girl scout also didn’t get shot, scared though, yes.