There’s a storm brewing after Georgia Southern University Police Chief Laura McCullough sent an email to her law enforcement officers asking them to leave their firearms at home if they’re planning on attending football games when off-duty.
The first game of the season is this Saturday, September 3 and will also serve as the Military Appreciation game.
The text of the email is below:
This football season we will be restricting weapons carry by law enforcement officers in Paulson Stadium. Please share this information with those in your office to whom it applies.
No off duty officers, or officers in plain clothes, will be allowed to bring a weapon, open or concealed, into the stadium. Ony uniformed officers working the venue will be allowed to carry a weapon and they will be recognizable by special wristbands identifying them as Even Police.
Officers who are on duty and want to drop by the stadium for a short period may do so, but must identify themselves to an Event Police Officer at the gate before entry. We ask that any officer dropping by the stadium use only the gates where a uniformed officer is posted.
Law enforcement officers are allowed to have their weapons in their vehicles as long as they are secured and the officer has proper credential showing permission to carry a weapon.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter. We do hope to see you all at beautiful Paulson Stadium to help us cheer on the Eagles. Also, remember that this Saturday’s game is Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation with special ticket deals for members of Law Enforcement and their families.
Chief of Police
Georgia Southern University Public Safety”
Federal and state law are muddy about whether or not off-duty officers can carry on college campuses and this further demonstrates the inconsistency of those laws. The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) was passed several years ago by Congress and permits on and off-duty officers to carry anywhere, legally, with the exception of an airplane and national parks. Still, judicial discretion has led to rulings in favor of officers..