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Group wants concealed carry allowed at all NFL games

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The National Fraternal Order of Police is asking the NFL to lift its ban on allowing people who are trained to carry their guns inside sports stadiums.

This comes in the wake of the ISIS attack at a soccer game in Paris.

There is a heightened sense of security at stadiums around the NFL, but as of now, all off-duty officers and people with concealed carry permits must check their guns at the door.

"The Ohio FOP has reached out to the owners of the Bengals and the Browns to try and get them to rescind this policy that acts contrary to common sense," said president of the FOP of Ohio Jay McDonald. "Law enforcement officers should be able to help defend themselves and the lives of their fellow citizens in large scale events like an NFL game." 

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil stated that agrees with the proposal to allow all off-duty officers and CCW carriers to have weapons inside Paul Brown Stadium. 

"A weapon in a trained hand is a deterrent for those who want to do harm," said Neil. 

The Ohio FOP says a trained finger on the trigger of a weapon could turn into a case of life or death.

"Our officers are officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that includes while their watching the Bengals or watching the Browns and they're trained to respond in life and death situations. And that doesn't end at the end of their shift," said McDonald

A representative for the Bengals said they are aware of the letter, but are not commenting at this time. 

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