Soccer Moms Packing Heat

I have to admit that in my years helping run a soccer league, we never even thought about an explicit ban on concealed weapons because it’s just so out there. Now, we use a city facility, so they’re banned anyway as most cities have banned concealed weapons at public parks and facilities. But still…

The fact that a soccer mom wore a gun openly at a kids soccer match makes your head spin:

What’s the difference between a bulldog and a soccer mom?

In the case of Meleanie Hain, it’s a loaded sidearm.

On Sept. 11, Hain created a stir among other parents when she wore her weapon – a loaded Glock 26, about the size of an adult hand – in a holster to her 5-year-old daughter’s soccer game at Optimist Park in Lebanon, also known as Southwest Park.

Although she did not break a law by carrying the weapon openly, she is now facing the loss of her concealed-weapons permit. But she is not giving up without a fight.

“I’m just a soccer mom who has always openly carried (a firearm), and I’ve never had a problem before,” she said. “I don’t understand why this is happening to me.”

Just wow. What would you do if you found out a soccer parent was carrying a gun to matches openly or concealed? Does your coaching code of conduct prohibit them from carrying concealed weapons to matches?

H/T yhatemetoo and AnonX at NC Soccer Forum

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  1. Wow. Even taking into account my living in a country with effectively a total gun ban, and my knowledge that the law is a little different Stateside, I find that absolutely staggering.

  2. And she got her permit back because the way the law is written, it was wrong for them to take it away in the first place. She confirms she’ll wear it to future matches. You have to wonder if the league will try to ban firearms as part of it’s own policies and if such a ban would run afoul of the concealed carry law which tries to prevent places form banning concealed weapons on their own.

  3. You have to wonder about the mental state of this woman. Ms. Hain please tell us why you find it necessary to bring a loaded firearm to a youth soccer game? Honestly, I wouldn’t allow my kids to be on the field in such a circumstance.