CenturyLink management has decided that off-duty officers going to events at CenturyLink as fans can no longer bring guns through the gates.
As an alum of the University of Washington, I have season tickets for football. We played the 2011 Apple Cup and the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field, as the UW is renovating Husky Stadium. I carried my Glock 26 at every game. I do not go into mass crowds without it. At the 2011 Apple Cup, security was actually “wanding” people. I didn’t notice until it was too late for me to turn back. So the minimum-wage temp agency employee (that’s who actually works “event security”) ran the wand on my right hip and it flashed red. He waved me through, as he had done to the hundreds of others in his line.
My immediate thought was, “It would be pretty easy for someone who shouldn’t be carrying to get through.”
In the comments of the linked article I found this:
Washington State Public Stadium Authority to oversee public ownership of the venue and since the Stadium is public owned and operate they cannot restrict firearms per RCW 9.41.290 though in RCW 9.41.300 provides for the city to restrict firearms to those who exempted RCW 9.41.300 (2) Cities, towns, counties, and other municipalities may enact laws and ordinances: (b) Restricting the possession of firearms in any stadium or convention center, operated by a city, town, county, or other municipality, except that such restrictions shall not apply to: (i) Any pistol in the possession of a person licensed under RCW 9.41.070 or exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060
Can anyone familiar with Washington Code enlighten me on this? Does this mean that they cannot restrict CCW holders and off duty law enforcement from concealed carry since it is a publicly owned venue?