Off-Duty Officers Could Have Guns at Vikings Games

Updated: 08/15/2014 5:26 AM By: Lauren Beukelman

KSTP File Photo
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The Hennepin County District Court ruled in favor of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis in a lawsuit against the NFL Firearms and Weapons Policy, which bans armed police officers from attending games.

The court granted a declaratory judgment, which counters the NFL's policy, allowing off-duty police officers to enter the stadium with their weapons. 

The NFL argued that the property ownership and the limitations of the event ticket allow the organization to supersede state law. 

However, the judge ruled in favor of the police organization's argument that NFL policies should not trump state law.

"Minnesota's police officers need to carry their weapons inside stadiums used by the NFL, and the public will be safer because of it," President of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis John Delmonico said. "Police officers are always willing and ready to protect the public at a moment's notice, and the ability given to them by state law to keep possession of their weapon gives them personal protection against any potential threat."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the policy is designed to keep fans safe. He says the NFL will continue to enforce it at TCF Bank Stadium, as the court order allows, until the matter is resolved.