The NFL’s Anti-Gun Stance: You Better Not Want to Defend Yourself If You Are a Player

NFL LogoBy now everyone knows that NFL player Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself and was subsequently arrested for carrying a firearm into a New York City bar.  As I don’t have all of the details surrounding the case, I’ll skip commenting about the incident other than (1) always remember and implement the four rules of firearms safety, and (2) all free citizens of the United States should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.

What I found to be interesting about the whole case is the National Football League’s stance on the lawful ownership of firearms.  The NFL does not allow players to possess a firearm on any property used or owned by the NFL or team, even locked up in a personal vehicle.  Additionally, the NFL discourages players from exercising their Second Amendment right away from the job.

From the NFL policy manual:

“In some circumstances, such as for sport or protection, you may legally possess a firearm or other weapon. However, we strongly recommend that you not do so.”

So, the NFL strongly opposes your right to own, possess, and use a firearm for self-defense and every other legally acceptable reason.  Curious.

Something to consider… NFL players are high profile sports celebrities.  They make a lot of money and seen every week on television.  It would seem to me that NFL players stand a better chance to be the victim of a home invasion or of stalking than the average citizen.  We’ve seen celebrities killed by a crazy fan and in common robberies.  Yet, the NFL strongly suggests players not own a firearm.

As a side note, I wonder how Florida’s new self-defense law that allows gun owners to keep their firearm locked in their vehicle while at work will apply to thise NFL rule.

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Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.


  1. “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This means ANYWHERE, ANYTIME and (shall not be infringed by) ANYONE!

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