August 24th, 2012 08:35 PM
Nobody is being excluded. Your gun is being excluded. What is so hard for folks to figure that our. A gunowner is not a protected class under the law. Nor should they be. And the reason why business owners should be able to determine if folks caan carry on their property is clearly demonstrated by idiots like the guy in the theater two weeks ago that had an ND, the idiot in McDonalds, the idiot in a Walmart (or grocery store) last month.
Originally Posted by _Hawkeye_
Not everyone is capable of using common sense and restraint with a firearm.
August 24th, 2012 08:45 PM
It seems we are talking about two different scenarios. First - public property being made available for private events, and second - private property being made available to the public.
In the first scenario, I assume by "public" property we are talking about government property. In that case all will depend on your state and local laws regarding preemption.
In the second scenario, it again depends on state and local laws. Do firearms prohibitions by private enterprises carry the weight of law? If yes, then you are prohibited from carrying at that venue. If the answer is no, then it's up to you whether or not you carry. Me, I would stay away from any business or private event that does not honor my right to self defense.
August 25th, 2012 08:55 AM
Ain't that the truth.
Originally Posted by suntzu
SmokinFool, in my situation it is the first case. The Washington State Convention Center is government funded and falls under the classification as a public property.
Obviously, no one would know I was carrying so I am not worried about being made. My concern comes from misinformation that seems to be prevalent when it comes to firearm issues, or really any issue in general. Such as a sign being placed out front of the WSCC that says no weapons allowed that carries no weight of law but is only there to keep street people out of the venue, para phrasing from one person in the thread that attended the NRA event here. It's the idea that criminals obey laws and that a sign will prevent a disaster that irks me, and I know it does a lot of other people as well. That same sign may make anyone in that building think that they have the authority to not let a person in who is carrying or kick them out if found to be carrying.
Anyway, here is the Washington State Preemptive Law for everyone to see:
The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.
August 25th, 2012 10:37 PM
Seems pretty straightforward.
Originally Posted by JasonGH
August 26th, 2012 02:07 PM
Here in Virginia, a private event at a public venue, can get convoluted.
Originally Posted by BenGoodLuck
A private entity leasing government property for an event generally may regulate or prohibit the carrying or possession of firearms on that property for such event. See http://www.ag.virginia.gov/Opinions%...09-Greason.pdf
Lots of open questions as to what constitutes a lease.
I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.
I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.
Veni, Vidi, Velcro
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