A very interesting tale from NVTH commenter “The Last Reagan” from the RPV Convention:
I am glad to hear that members of the Republican Party were exercising their Second Amendment Right at the State Convention.
According to Virginia law, unless signs are posted prohibiting firearms, one is free to carry open or concealed (with permit) wherever and whenever they so choose. It is incumbent upon the facility to openly post their prohibition.
However, I am aware that several law-abiding citizens were harassed by convention staff when they inquired about the rules and regulations of the facility, attempting to go above and beyond the requirements of the law. – Their mistake.
From what I understand, they were stopped more than once after their inquiry by both convention staff and later even law enforcement. Their whereabouts, location of firearms, and IDs were forcefully demanded. They were further targeted and harassed throughout the Convention by the Assistant General Manager of the Conference Center, Patrick Skaggs. They will be filing multiple complaints.
After a detailed inquiry by myself, according to Mr. Skaggs, the Assistant General Manager, “This is the way that the Republican Party wanted it. They wished for the incident to be handled as it was.”
I think that this is entirely contrary to our Republican values of supporting Second Amendment Rights and am furious to hear that the Republican Party had involvement in this Civil Rights violation incident.
I have already addressed the issue with Jeff Frederick, Morton Blackwell, the VCDL, the NRA, and every other Second Amendment supporter that I know, all of which I am hopeful will be investigating the matter. I hope that the Republican Party will file a complaint with the facility and remove whomever in the Party may have been involved.
Likewise, as a gun owner and an attendee of the convention, I am filing a complaint with the Republican Party, the Convention Center, my elected officials, and all others who appear relevant to the situation.
This is not how any citizen is to be treated. Period. It is a violation of everything that we believe in; free speech, the Right to keep and bear arms, and the Right to move about freely without being questioned.