The NFL’s ban on fans carrying concealed firearms has undergone new criticism in the weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris, which included an attempted bombing of a soccer stadium. One of the nation’s largest organizations of police officers put its weight behind lifting the ban.
Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, requested that the ban on “concealed carry” be ended in a letter to Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League.
The NFL’s policy against concealed weapons “weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans,” Canterbury wrote Goodell on Nov. 20.
Canterbury said the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, selects targets based on the “amount of death” the terrorist group can achieve, making crowded football stadiums appealing targets: