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New NFL Security Rules Have Ire Of Congresswoman Ann Wagner

Fans, including the Freshman representative from Ballwin, are complaining about a violation of privacy under the new screening rules.

New rules regarding bags allowed into NFL stadiums have fans, including U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) upset. Photo Credit: NFL
New rules regarding bags allowed into NFL stadiums have fans, including U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) upset. Photo Credit: NFL
If you follow U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin) on Twitter, you'll notice that she'll Tweet about everything from Obamacare to other policy matters. She'll throw in Tweets about official appearances in her district, along with going to St. Louis Cardinal games and other events.

Over the weekend, she attended the St. Louis Rams-Green Bay Packers exhibition game at the Edward Jones Dome and she took to social media to express her frustration with new NFL rules that limit fans to clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC bags, or small clutch purses no larger than the size of your hand.

"This new NFL "bag" policy to search women's purses is a huge inconvenience and a violation of our privacy. This will not stand!#GoRams"

"This new NFL "bag" policy is absurd and a violation of my privacy. Whatever happened to having concealed lipstick?"

The NFL says the new restrictions were in the works before the Boston Marathon bombing, when scrutiny about bags at large-scale events posted security questions.

When Patch asked Representative Wagner if she was speaking as a fan or as a lawmaker, she Tweeted "Both". It is unclear if she plans to take any formal steps to address the new security measures. The NFL said major universities like Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State don't allow bags of any kind, and that the revised requirements will make the screening process move faster.

Still, WIL Radio host Cornbread sounded Monday like he was in Rep. Wagner's corner, going as far as suggesting a fan protest, according to video posted on KSDK.com.
Jim Wells August 19, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Hey,,,,if you don't like it, stay home....its meant for your safety......kind of like the airport regs....i wonder about some people!
ray August 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
What kind of yahoos elected this moron to public office? By the way, on which page of the contitution is the right to privacy, and on what other page is the right to be an idiot?
David Smith August 19, 2013 at 09:08 PM
It's the NFL's stadiums. AKA private property. Their rules.
Dave Larkin August 19, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Most are private, but funded by taxpayer money.
Albert Kurtz August 19, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I see we have another Palin/Bachmann clone.
Dave Larkin August 19, 2013 at 09:36 PM
If you people are so paranoid about getting blown up, maybe you are the ones who should stay home. It must be tough going through life being afraid all of the time. Amazing what fear does to people.
Jim Wells August 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM
And Dave, where do you carry your purse???
Alex Odmell August 20, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Just try and sneek a candy bar in there now. You'll have to pay the 700% mark up to support the millionares. In NYC you can board a train at Penn Station without a ticket. With suitcases and bags, without even being looked at by a cop. Soon at NFL stadiums they will force you to take off your shoes. You know. You've heard about the thousands of shoe bombs they've found at airports.
Francis Soyer August 20, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Ray - It is called the 4th Amendment. While it generally refers to what the governement can and can not do it also extends to private property and citizens. You do not have to consent to having your purse, bag, self be checked, but most people do at which point you are giving up your 4th amendment rights. The real question is can you be denied entry if you choose NOT to give up your 4th amendement rights and do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy when entering such a venue. There is a lot of case law that goes over these topics. Stadiums I believe fall under the same exception as airports and courthouses, or at least that is what they are arguing.
Brian August 20, 2013 at 09:57 AM
This is textbook Security Theater. Policies like this will not make the fans any safer. Someone determined enough to harm people at an NFL venue will find a way around it. But casual observers will see men and women in fluorescent yellow windbreakers looking in handbags and be sucked in by the illusion of security. We have no right to expect institutions as inept as the NFL and our government to keep us 100% safe.
Scott Simon August 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM
This is PRIVATE business making rules, not govt. Ann Wagner, I voted for you but you are disappointing. You show you are a pithy establishment Republican. UGH!
Cyndi Kirk August 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM
The NFL should allow nudity and pass out coats during the cold weather games. That way they can do away with you 4th Amendmant rights all together. Eventually taking aways all rights "guaranteed" by the constitution. Let the government run our lives, because some of us can't seem to live it on our own without any help.
Jim Wells August 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM
god, what a bunch of morons...but consistent with society today....moronic
Beverly August 21, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Simmer down Ann. Women are becoming wimps. Don't they have pockets for their personal stuff. I was really disappointed in the expose' on Channel 5. Lisa Ziegman didn't do herself and her credibility any favors by taking this on. Just a bunch of fluff.
Jean August 21, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Why do we have so many whiners about everything. Why do women think they have to carry the kitchen sink with them to a football game. Ann Wagner, I didn't vote for you before, and petty stuff like this can add to the reasons why.
David Smith August 21, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Geez what a bunch of crybabies. Personally I don't want to wait in a mile long line as they check every bag going into the stadium. How much do you need to carry in to begin with? Moreover, a lot of you need to understand Constitutional protections don't apply to private property.

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