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Weapons policies for venues

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by mcmpdx, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. mcmpdx

    mcmpdx SE Portland New Member

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    Hi all. I have been carrying for about three years now. Since that time I have been reluctant to buy tickets for sporting events, concerts, etc. I don't want to be without my firearm during these events more than at any other time being out in public. I do respect the rights of private businesses from having a policy of prohibiting firearms, but my issue is more that I don't want to buy tickets ahead of time not knowing the venue's policy on CC, only to find that I am turned away at the door by the bouncer. Then what? Go through the hassle of arguing to get a refund? Here are the options as I see it:

    1/ Ask about CC policy before purchasing tickets
    Good: If they even know, at least I can make a decision based on their policy ahead of time.
    Bad: They may just guess (wrong), then I still have an issue when trying to gain entry. Also, maybe they never thought about it but now put policies/searches in place going forward, thus screwing others in the future. Also may be difficult to even get to talk to a live person at all.

    2/ Don't ask, take my chances
    Good: Only good if not searched at the door
    Bad: They may turn me away at the door (BTW, I couldn't just go put it in my car, as normally I would take public transportation to such events). If the terms on the back of the ticket do in fact prohibit firearms, how do I argue that I couldn't possibly know the policy until after purchasing then reading the terms (they could rightfully say I could have asked first, so now see point #1 again and we are in a vicious circle). Then what? Argue until they call local LEO? I want nothing to do with interacting with any level of LEO ever, even if I am in the right and (supposedly) have nothing to fear. We all know how that can go.

    So how do you all handle this situation?

    Thanks
     
  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I have carried to many places that prohibit firearms. Concealed is concealed. I am just ready to be turned away with no arguments.
     
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  3. mcmpdx

    mcmpdx SE Portland New Member

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    Thanks 2Wheels4Ever... one thing I might not have made clear though is that in some of these kinds of venues one has to either walk through a metal detector or be frisked by a doorman-type to gain entry. Thus if tickets are already purchased, being turned away may result in losing the face value of the ticket(s).
     
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've carried into Blazers games, they were wanding people but missed me. We had free parking tickets and private suite tickets too. Maybe they weren't checking people going into that area as much as the general seating?
     
  5. gimpyhunter

    gimpyhunter K-Falls Oregon Member

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    Things need to be clarified. Does "no guns allowed" mean in general or does it include those that have permits to carry? We are not necessarily the people they are trying to keep out. After all, guns are part of rural living.

    When I had my CC permit in CA, we were told that when we go to Reno or Tahoe Casinos to stop in at the security office. They don't want you to carry inside either. But they'd hold your weapon while you're there and usually, because you were up front with them they often gave comp meal tickets to say thanks.
     
  6. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    And they need to respect my rights as a US citizen and the 2nd Amendment. I'm not the "gang banger" they want to keep out.