Off Duty Police & Concealed Carry Holders Not Welcome at Pardre’s Petco Park

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California – -( Padres fans who are licensed concealed carry holders are not welcome at Petco Park.

Nor are off duty police officers who regularly carry concealed.

This new gun ban is a case of doing what is best for the team’s owners and government officials, and not best for the fans.  Look at who was in on the decision to ban licensed concealed carriers from the ballpark.

“Before making the change, the Padres met with local law enforcement leaders – including San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, Sheriff Bill Gore, Escondido police Chief Craig Carter and representatives from two law enforcement unions – who accepted the ban.”

A sea of disarmed and vulnerable citizens makes it easier for law enforcement.  Rather than make citizens safer from an attack, the violence simply moves outside the stadium. It makes it harder for fans as they walk to and from the game, where they have been attacked here in Los Angeles and here in San Francisco.  This decision also ignores the increased risk as concealed carriers store their firearms in their car in unguarded parking lots.  This decision ignores the increased risk as fans travel to and from the game unarmed.  Some concealed carriers will simply boycott the games.

Off duty police were never a problem.  They don’t get drunk and start fights.  Licensed concealed carriers were never a security problem either.  Concealed carriers are even more law abiding than the police.

No, this decision was political.

This decision gives team management and local government officials plausible deniability when there is an attack at the ball park.  This decision gives owners and officials a better case in court when the next of kin sues the city. The decision might have come down from the gun-ban advocates in Sacramento.

I understand the decision.  It is the same decision that Sheriff Bill Gore and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman have forced on San Diego citizens already.  These government officials currently deny citizens the right of armed self-defense in public.  Now they deny that right to concealed carriers and off duty law enforcement as well.  For these law enforcement officials, guns are for on duty cops.  After an attack, they can let the next of kin sue in court where the taxpayers pay the legal bills.  Their decisions confess so much.

How short sighted of these government officials to disarm honest men and women.  How short sighted of San Diego voters to put them in office.. or go to their games.

I’ll leave the issue of forcibly disarming citizens in a government funded park for another post.

About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Bob Shell

Since they don’t have any common sense hit em where it hurts, their pocketbook. Boycott their games


Another reason why the Peoples Republic of Khalifornia should be kicked OUT of the USA. Along with all their communist leaning leaders. Bill Gore and Shelly Zimmerman have been POS their entire careers.

Jim Coffman

Before you condemn California, which certainly has its faults, you might want to check with your own baseball stadium. The ruling comes from MLB (Major League Baseball). Oh, and by the way, hero, consider how much more money you’ll be paying for fruits and vegetables when Republic of California imposes tariffs on imported goods to the small barren piece of America where you live, assuming you eat greens that is, you ignorant loudmouth.

Dr. Strangelove

Hey all you spree killers and terrorists! Padres Park is wide open for busines.


The Kansas City Royals have done the same thing… I think it’s coming down from MLB.


They might not be welcome but there aint a damn thing (Petco Park) they can do about it ! Besides,who would know they would be carrying anyway ?


In many of the ball parks they are putting scanners in so they will know and will be able to send those who are carrying away. This is a big reason why I don’t go to ball games, I am not one to be a sitting duck for some sicko. This is another area to keep an eye on watch this is going to be the next target for the government to have one of their red flag days, one of the ball parks is going to get hit.