- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

A bill proposed by three Republican members of the state House of Representatives would allow citizens to bring concealed guns into any “public stadium” in the state of Washington.

That would include the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, the Seattle Mariners for the MLB and even the Seattle Sounders of the MLS.

The bill is set to eliminate the stadium’s ability to “prohibit persons with a valid concealed pistol license from carrying a concealed pistol in any facility or on any grounds of a facility.”

The proposed legislation states that any form of local government wouldn’t be able to prohibit citizens from bringing firearms into the stadium, according to the Seattle Times

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2.
A new section is added to Chapter 36.102 RCW [Revised Code of Washington] to read as follows:

(1) A public stadium authority may not prohibit persons with a valid concealed pistol license from carrying a concealed pistol in any facility or on any grounds of a facility that is owned, operated, managed, administered, controlled, or maintained by the public stadium authority, or leased or rented to a private or public entity by the public stadium authority.

(2) A private entity that operates, manages, administers, controls, maintains, or leases or rents a facility from a public stadium authority may not prohibit persons with a valid concealed pistol license from carrying a concealed pistol in the facility or on the grounds of the facility.

A local governmental entity may not, whether by law, ordinance, regulation, rule, policy, or contractual agreement, prohibit persons with a valid concealed pistol license from carrying a concealed pistol in any stadium, convention center, arena, or similar facility, or on the grounds of any such facility, that is owned, operated, managed, administered, controlled, or maintained by the local governmental entity, or leased or rented to a private or public entity by the local governmental entity.

The NFL generally won’t allow any bag into the stadium, outside of a clear, plastic bag.


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