For those who haven’t yet made it to the 9/11 Memorial, there’s one thing you can be sure they’re serious about: security. Not only do visitors have to be registered for tickets in advance, but also must go through several highly surveilled checkpoints, including airport-style metal detectors and X-ray scanners.

Among the items banned at the site are alcohol, explosives and weapons, the latter of which has some retired cops angry.

According to DNAinfo, several first responders have complained that they aren’t able to enter the memorial with their guns, even though they have a license to carry. Obviously, if there’s any group that deserves to be heard on all matters 9/11 – it’s first responders, but are they crossing the line? Some people get hassled for taking pictures and these guys want to bring their weapons to a place meant for quiet reflection and remembrance? The entire location is lined with police officers and security as it is.

Furthermore, the NYPD is allowing retired or off-duty law-enforcement officers to bring their weapons to the Memorial site during the seven dedicated first responder days this fall, but apparently they want the policy to be in effect all year round.

Everyone is going to have some disagreement with the way the 9/11 Memorial should be run, but wouldn’t their time be better spent concentrating on getting their Cancer-stricken colleagues the health coverage they deserve? (Photo: ANIMALNewYork)