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No Gun, No Anthem, Singer Tells Minor-League Team

No Gun, No Anthem, Singer Tells Minor-League Team
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By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 01:51 PM

No guns, no anthem, a singer has told a Nevada Minor League baseball team recently as she turned down a chance to sing the Star-Spangled Banner, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

Alishia Wolcott is balking at safety measures installed by the Triple-A Pacific Coast League's Reno Aces at Greater Nevada Field this year, similarly taken by other pro sports leagues across the country where weapons are forbidden, per the Gazette Journal. New checkpoints are employing metal detectors, the newspaper said.

"We have joined every other ticketed sports facility in Reno as well as every Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer venue in the United States in the use of metal detection," Eric Edelstein, president of the ‎Reno Aces Baseball Club, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Reno 1868 Football Club, told the Gazette Journal, saying that stadium safety was a priority.

"The list of prohibited items at Greater Nevada Field has remained unchanged since our inception in 2009," he added.

Wolcott said that not being able to carry her gun was simply too much for her, the newspaper wrote.

"I will not sing our national anthem at a place that seeks to strip me of my Second Amendment rights, nor will I be attending any future events at Ace's ballpark while these things take place," Wolcott wrote, saying that she received her concealed weapons permit earlier this year and planned to bring her Glock 43, a 9mm pistol, to games for protection, the Gazette Journal reported.

"We walked away angry and disappointed … Disappointed because it happened at a venue that hosts one of America's favorite pastimes," Wolcott said in her letter turning down a chance to sing before one of the games.

She posted her letter to the team on her Instagram page, mentioning that she saw the search during Reno's Saturday home game.

"The goal is the keep your guest safe, as it is very clear you are searching for weapons," Wolcott wrote. "But by taking away their right to self-protection, all you have done is made them more vulnerable to an attack."

Wolcott's decision brought mixed reviews on social media.

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