Joe Doakes from Como Park writes in re the Minnesota police union’s lawsuit against the NFL for barring off-duty officers from carrying their firearms at games:
The NFL says only on-duty peace officers can carry during football games. An off-duty officer was relieved of his weapon at TCF Stadium.
The trial court held the NFL cannot exclude him from carrying his weapon because the Minnesota permit-to-carry law doesn’t give property owners that right.
The Court of Appeals punted. It says the permit-to-carry law doesn’t apply to cops, on duty or off, so that particular law doesn’t determine whether the property owner must admit them, or can refuse to admit them.
Other laws may apply so the case was sent back for a do-over.
Personally, it seems to me that an off-duty cop should be in the same category as a permitted carrier – trusted to carry a weapon by society, but maybe not trusted by the property owner, so if it wants to turn us both away, that’s its right. It’s also possible the legislature could have intended off-duty cops to be treated differently from permitted carriers, so I think the appeals court decided correctly when it sent the case back.
It’s a dilemma for a judge; how to serve both political correctness and the state’s monopoly on force.