Saturday, May 18, 2013

VA-ALERT: Carry Test at Republican Convention

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Friday afternoon I went to the Republican Convention to pickup my badge and to talk to Bob Sadlter, who was setting up the VCDL booth. I open carried to make sure there wasn't going to be any issues (both open carry and concealed carry are OK at this event).

I no sooner got in the building where the registration tables are, said "hello" to Delegate Brenda Pogge, and an unarmed woman security guard, who was walking by, noticed my gun.

She looked indecisive and didn't say anything, so I ignored her and headed into the registration area to get my badge.

Next thing I know, she is beside me as I'm conversing with the worker at the registration table.

She says, "Sir. Do you know that you can't have that gun in here?"

I said, "I CAN have this gun in here. Perfectly legal. Thanks."

I then ignored here and continued interacting with the registration table. The look on her face was priceless. That hadn't gone according to the script - the part where she tells me something and I simply comply without question.

After standing there indecisively for a little while, she tried again. "You can't have that in here."

"Yes, I can. Check with your supervisor."

I then ignored her again, finished getting my badge, and turned around. At that point she was in a conversation with another lady, not looking particularly happy. So I just went about my business and headed across the street to the coliseum. Passed other security guards and police and no issues whatsoever.

It should be a fun day - I'm looking forward to today's convention!

If you are a delegate, stop by the VCDL booth and say, "hello." We are on the 7th Street side of the building, on almost the opposite side from the main entrance on 5th Street.

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