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).

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.