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Braves allow off-duty officers to carry firearms inside Turner field

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ATLANTA - The Braves have settled a dispute regarding a controversial decision about guns inside Turner field.

Off-duty law enforcement officers, in the past, have been allowed to carry a firearm inside Turner field. That all changed this year when the Braves announced that the off-duty officers would not be allowed to carry their firearms into the stadium.

Team officials said the change on opening day was only intended to 'tighten access', meaning officers from agencies outside the metro would have to leave their weapons holstered outside Turner field.

The decision certainly did not sit well with officers, but now the Braves have reversed course:

“We got some feedback from some other officers around the state of Georgia who come regularly to a game and didn't feel comfortable not being with their weapon. We heard the feedback. We took it into play and reverted back to the old policy. They don't feel as safe without it. We weren't aware of that feeling that they all had but we heard it,” said Braves representative Beth Marshall.

All off-duty officers are now welcome to bring their firearms into the game, even ones from outside the Atlanta area.

 “We have always had a great relationship with all law enforcement here, the state, Atlanta, metro towns. We welcome them all the time,” said Marshall.

Off-duty officers with firearms will be directed to a special gate where their credentials will be checked before being allowed inside the ballpark.

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