General Manager, Exec. VP
We are disappointed that Missouri sports
franchises would risk alienating so many of their
law-abiding fans who have a legitimate right to choose to
protect themselves and their loved ones from violent
All of these sports franchises play away
games in right-to-carry states. No firearms-related
incidents have occurred in sports stadiums in connection
with law-abiding permit holders in these states and many
of these stadiums have no prohibitions against legal
permit holders carrying their firearms.
Under Proposition B, any business,
including sports stadiums, could post a sign banning
firearms from their premises. Such a ban is legally
enforceable under Proposition B and violators are subject
to penalties that could include revoking their permit.
This posting law already works for the Tennessee Oilers,
the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals, and the
In addition, the Pennsylvania teams play
under a right to carry law that does not require any
training while Missouri's proposal requires completion of
a state certified training course. Even under that
less-stringent law, no incidents with legal permit
holders have occurred at a Pennsylvania sports venue.
Pennsylvania's law has been in effect for ten years and
about 637,000 permits have been issued.
The Washington State teams play in a state
that has had a concealed-carry law wince 1961. In those
38 years, they have not had a single incident with a
firearm that involved a legal permit holder.
People who apply and are approved for a
permit under Proposition B are law-abiding adult citizens
who have passed an extensive criminal background check as
well as a firearms safety course. They have followed the
law up until now and they will continue to do so.
The security risk is from criminals
carrying illegal firearms. Criminals are the source of
crime, not law-abiding citizens who are exercising their
right to self-protection. It is the criminals that make
passage of Proposition B so important for law-abiding
None of Missouri's sports teams take
special security measures like metal detectors to guard
against the threat of criminals carrying illegal guns
into their facilities. It is unfortunate that they are
more afraid of their loyal, law-abiding fans than they
are of violent criminals.
While the sports franchises oppose giving
their law-abiding fans the right to self-protection,
wealthy owners and players who have safety concerns can
hire private armed security to protect them from violent
crime. That is not a luxury the average Missouri sports
fan can afford.