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Don't give it much thought. I grew up in Maryland and have spent vast amounts of time in DC and never once had a bad encounter. I was just there last July and I took my daughter into DC to do the tourist thing for the day. Granted it was not her first trip to DC you can't do all the museums in a single day and speaking of museums. Entry to most is free but DO NOT EAT at any of them. They charge an incredible amount of money for a basic meal.
While you are visiting the mall area you have very little to worry about. The memorials, reflecting pond, etc. you will be fine. I didn't give the thought of not being armed any thought at all. I was having too much fun enjoying the museums. My favorite is the Air and Space Museums and sitting on the steps of the Lincoln memorial to do a little people watching is a must.
Enjoy your visit, don't stress about not being armed. You are not going to wander into Anacostia or any of the other bad parts of DC by accident. DC is not as bad a city as it is made out to be. The crime/murders you read/hear don't take place on the mall very often.
BTW. Be very careful what you carry. You have to pass threw security check points entering the Air and Space museum. They do have metal detectors and they do check baggage. I don't remember if the Natural History museum had them or not. It is hit or miss but you could be denied entry if you have a knife. I would visit the web sites of places you are going to visit to find out what is legit and what is not.
Can you stay in Virginia, leave gun there, and go into DC ? I want to make a general trip in that area and visit DC... but I'm not doing the long trip I want without being armed all the way just so I could go into DC.
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In your different scenario, sure, "tripping" might be a fine word to use. Apologies if you feel it's a bit nit-picky, but what he said was that he would stay in condition Orange and bring reasonable tools he was legally allowed to bring. Stressing over the choice is fine, given the anal-retentiveness of DC's "leadership" in this area, particularly for a visitor not entirely aware of all the little man-made potholes dug for the unsuspecting (aka, the upstanding citizen snared by the ridiculous restrictions on "weapons"). Other than that, it sounds little different than the preparations for any normal day around town: going in a state of elevated awareness along with the tools one can take legally. Pretty simple.
I feel sorry for your trip to D.C., I wouldn't want to go there either.
What a shame that a town with such historic meaning is one of the most dangerous places in the nation.
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I took the wife and kids to DC two summers ago--Just use common sense and do it during the daytime (although the memorials on the National Mall are spectacular at night). Level Orange is the way to go. Hit the National Mall, the Smithsonian museums, and the Marine Corps Memorial. Don't let being uncomfortable ruin the trip.
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Thanks for all the feedback gang. What I meant by stressing is trying to figure out the best EDC to be armed with and still be legal. I do look forward to see the sights just want to be prepared.
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jbum.... No worries man. Just stay away from the white house on Pennsylvania Avenue,... big eared,long legged, mac daddy, anti gun criminal lives there.
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When ever I go where I can not carry I take a cane. Schools, government buildings, planes, hospitals, Disneyland, Washington DC (never been actually) etc. Simple wood T-handled cane. Discreet, hidden in the open, effective, simple to use, instantly deployed as it is in your hand at all times. Along with a decent knife and as you said up your SA. It will be good practice. As others have said be a tourist stay on the well travel path. Relax have a good time. Remember being alert and aware does not mean being tense or in a bad mood.
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