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Washington state Republicans propose bill to allow guns in sports stadiums

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Three Republican legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill which would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums. Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, would be among those stadiums. Safeco Field is privately operated and has a no-guns policy. The legislature seeks to prevent private operators from banning concealed pistols as long as the gun owners are properly licensed.

The bill’s sponsors¬†are Matt Shea, David Taylor, and Bob McCaslin. The bill is HB 1015 and it can be read in full here.

It’s easy to see how this bill would make sports stadiums a much less safe area for fans. The mixture of tense sports action, alcohol, and guns would inevitably lead to injuries and deaths. Studies have shown that having a gun in the home significantly increases the risk of an unintentional gunshot fatality. A home typically only has a handful of people in it. Imagine a stadium of 30-50,000 people. Only a microscopic percentage of those people would need to be armed to put all of the fans in potential danger.

All this being said, it is unlikely that HB 1015 will pass. The Washington state House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats. Furthermore, Democrat governor Jay Inslee received a grade of F from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.