Well, I debated where to put this thread, but since it includes OC, I guess it's going here to play it safe...
So I've been "asked" to leave 2 different places in one week this past week. This is really a record for me. I haven't been "asked" to leave due to any carrying for quite some time. This is especially odd to me given the location. At any rate here we go:
Incident #1. I visited the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Dulles VA on Wednesday 5/20. I did spot a no weapons sign on the side of the exit ramp on the way, but didn't spot any signage on the door. I figured as much though. I had a SAK in my front left pocket and a Kersaw assisted opener clipped into the side pocket of my jeans(nevermind that pesky 1911 that was neatly concealed under my dress shirt).
I got to the inner door and noticed all the security and it wasn't until that point that it dawned on me that I could be in for a bit of trouble. But then I noticed they weren't wanding anyone or metal detecting, just checking bags. I figured great, no worries.
So this particular museum also has an IMAX that shows major movie releases. I was here for the Star Trek showing. never was much of a trekkie nerd, but I figured what the hay. It looks like it could be good. I was running a bit late and was supposed to be meeting a group. The group btw had MY TICKET and was already inside. Cell phones were already turned off apparently so I was stuck trying to explain my predicament to the ticket kid who basically shrugged me off. Nice. I even asked if he could send someone else in to check around the corner and see if they were waiting for me with my ticket...no go. By this point the Security officer came around to see what was going on and it was clear from the time he showed up he was sizing me up. So right off the bat, and quite surprisingly I might add, he proceeded to inform me that I needed to leave. When I asked why, he said I was violating the weapons policy. ***? Doh...that pesky kershaw I forgot about. He had spotted the clip on the side of my pocket halfway down my leg. Crap! He escorted me to the door, but was at least nice enough to tell me that if I left the knife in my car, that I would be allowed to return...okie dokie. No problem ocifer. So I returned sans knife and he was happy...just forgot to mention that 1911 part. He did say I could come back after I removed the KNIFE. All in all I ended up buying another ticket, but the ticket counter folks did cut me a discount.
This is the one that burned me up, but I kept my cool and dealt with it. Thursday 5/21 market street bar and grill...
I was gathering with a group of old friends for a reunion of sorts at the Market Street bar and grill in the Reston Town center in Reston VA. We were all out on the outer patio enjoying appetizers etc... for a good 20 minutes or so with no issues. I was wearing slacks and a white button up with my 1911 on OC (required in VA in a place that sells alcohol for on site consumption). About 30 minutes in the manager comes up and pulls me aside...I knew right away...He asked me to take my gun back to my car or leave. Then he proceeded to lecture me on VA law and stating that I was not allowed to carry there because they sold alcohol for consumption. I politely disagreed and explained his error, and then asked specifically, if it was the Market Street Grill's POLICY that there are no firearms and he said YES. I told him that's ok, I'll leave, and I'll take my party(18-20 techies that tip well) with me. I also explained that I would never spend a dime in his establishment again. I have yet to write a letter to their corp on this one yet as I wanted to wait a week and have a "cooling off" period, so my letter comes across rationally and not over the top or hot headed.