Posted: 5:11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014

Braves change carry policy for off-duty officers

ATLANTA —

The Atlanta Braves are changing their gun policy for off-duty officers. During games, only off-duty officers with jurisdiction at Turner Field are allowed to carry if they register their weapon with Atlanta police under the new policy, all other officers attending the game will no longer be allowed to bring their weapons into the stadium.

“We are making our environment less safe by taking away the right and ability to carry guns,” said Chief Brandon Perkins, with the Tyrone Police Department.  “Armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”

Channel 2 News received this statement from the Atlanta Braves about the new policy:

If a law enforcement officer with responsibility in this jurisdiction (ex. City of Atlanta Police, Fulton County sheriff/police, State of Georgia GBI, GSP or applicable Federal law enforcement agencies) is coming to the game off duty, they can bring their firearms in after they register with and are confirmed by Atlanta police.

Other officers who are not in their jurisdiction will be not be allowed to bring their firearms into Turner Field.

It is just ridiculous. It is not going to help anything it is just going to make matters worse,” said Jerry Henry, with Georgiacarry.org. “If something breaks out in the stands they are there to stop it.”

Some Braves fans say they support the new policy.

“There is already officers there, so no need. I don’t know if they are going to get drunk, starting using their guns, ya know?” said Braves fan Ricco Thomas. 

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