New CenturyLink Gun Policy Riles Law Enforcement
SEATTLE — Company officials say the decision to ban firearms at CenturyLink Field is a safety issue, but the move has touched a nerve with many local law enforcement agents.
CenturyLink management has decided that off-duty officers going to events at CenturyLink as fans can no longer bring guns through the gates. The president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild said the policy is “misguided” and “insulting.” He said department policy allows officers to use their discretion when to carry while off duty.
“From the moment we graduate the academy we have the tools we need to make those decisions and take action if necessary, and all of us — without exception — hope we never ever have to do that, but we need to be ready if it happens and when it happens,” Wickman said.