RENO (AP) — A Nevada woman has declined an invitation to sing the national anthem before a Reno Aces baseball game this summer because the minor league team won’t let her bring her gun.

Alishia Wolcott told The Reno Gazette Journal that she received her concealed weapons permit earlier this year and planned to bring her 9mm for protection after being offered a chance to sing the anthem.

Wolcott said she wears the gun or keeps it in a purse because she doesn’t feel safe walking at night in downtown Reno, where the stadium is located.

The team has always banned weapons but is now requiring everyone to be checked with metal detectors before entering the ballpark, which has been the Arizona Diamondbacks’ AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League since 2009.

Wolcott and her husband intended to attend a game last Saturday, but decided to abandon their plans when they saw the metal detectors, opting not to return their weapons to their car.

She informed the team of her decision in a letter this week. “I will not sing our national anthem at a place that seeks to strip me of my Second Amendment rights,” Wolcott wrote.

Reno Aces Baseball Club President Eric Edelstein defended the policy Thursday in an email to The Associated Press.

“The list of prohibited items at Greater Nevada Field has remained unchanged since our inception in 2009,” he wrote. “We will always place fan safety as our top priority at our stadium.”

Edelstein said every ticketed sports facility in Nevada and all Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer venues in the United States use metal detectors.

Wolcott said in her letter that the move was counterproductive to the goal of keeping fans safe.

“By taking away their right to self-protection, all you have done is made them more vulnerable to attack,” she said. “You have fallen prey to the absurd idea that American citizens need only trust their government for protection. This is indeed a lie and a blatant disregard for our constitutional rights.”

She said she had considered accepting the invitation to sing the anthem and use the opportunity to publicly condemn the search for weapons. “But I have too much respect for the national anthem and the time dedicated for it,” she said.

© Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST
Dedicate A Bay Bridge Light

Watch & Listen LIVE