Following the tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, at least seven NFL players have surrendered guns to their respective team’s security.
ESPN reports at least one player handed over multiple firearms, telling his team personnel that he didn’t trust himself with guns.
Belcher, 25, shot 22-year-old Perkins at their Kansas City home on Dec. 1 before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he shot himself in the head in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.
The couple is survived by their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.
“The majority of people own them, you know, especially in the places that they’re legal,” Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler said last week. “People don’t go out and shoot other people. Most of the time they’re for self-defense or sport. Yeah, people own guns, but did you ever hear him say anything about harming someone with a gun? No.”
Last Monday, Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes said that firearms found at the couple’s home were legally registered to Belcher. There is no word on how many guns were found.