MLB to allow probation officer to carry firearms
AUSTIN, Texas — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is considering allowing probation officers to carry guns in stadiums, a move the league says would be in line with the law.
The MLB has been exploring allowing officers to handle firearms in stadiums for decades, but this would be the first time the commissioner is considering such an idea, league spokesman Jeff Nelson said Wednesday.
A commissioner has the authority to allow the use of guns in the stadium.
If Manfred allows the issue, it will come just weeks before the All-Star break.
The MLB has held open-ended discussions about allowing officers in the past and could announce a decision before the season ends.
“Commissioner Manfred believes the rule should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the NFL’s policy on officer safety, the MLB Players Association’s position and its guidance to players on gun safety,” Nelson said in a statement.
“We are also taking a thoughtful approach to this proposal to avoid creating any unnecessary confusion for our players.”
Nelson said MLB has asked the NBA and the NFL Players Association to consider the issue and “continue discussions with the MLB about the best way forward.”
The NFLPA is also considering a proposal that would allow officers to protect themselves by carrying a gun in the locker room.