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David Stern would like to remind you that, per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, guns are not allowed in The Spectrum; or any other NBA facility. So just hand those over ... nice and slow ... and you can pick them up on your way out. Um, the one in your boot, too.

The NBA commissioner said Wednesday that he would prefer his players leave their firearms behind when they go out. "It's a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically," Stern said during his preseason conference call. "We think this is an alarming subject, that although you'll read players saying how they feel safer with guns, in fact those guns actually make them less safe."

Yes, we would hate to see J.J. Redick shoot himself in the foot.

The subject was raised recently when the Pacers' Stephen Jackson shot a gun in the air "at least five times" outside an Indianapolis strip club on Oct. 6. He originally told police he fired in self-defense during a fight in which he was hit by a car. And yes, they do have strip clubs in Indianapolis, even though they all have Lil Ronnie as a bouncer.

Stern To Players: Leave Your Guns At Home [MSNBC]