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.
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).