I received a very pleasant and professional call back from Mr. Blunt.
I explained to him why I thought I was being harassed, and why I thought that I should have never been asked why I have a gun. He did make a comment about it being legal for those with licenses, and I explained to him that Virginia preempted localities from imposing laws that restrict Virginia State laws. That Open Carry isallowed in public places like DCRC without licenses - I probably should have included by law abiding citizens.
There was some talk about them even asking about my gun. I told him I do not believe that they have that right, and that it is also kind of pointless. If someone was there to "shoot-up the place"; would asking them why they had a gun really help? Would they tell them that is the reason they are there. I also do not see them asking people who are carrying racquets that question. It would be easy to beat someone with one of those. I was sitting quietly, on the phone. Even if questions were asked, they should not continue past the "Why do you have a gun?" And it should be asked nicely, and dropped after the answer is given. I also included that the police should not need to be called. This is a public place, the laws are clear, and the employees should know them.
He promised that the staff would be better educated, agreed that the personal comments where unacceptable, and that there would be a resolution in 24 hours.
I expressed my gratitude for his help. I also explained, that I love going there, we have had our kids in swim lessons for the past two (2) years, they went to playschool, and we have used the gym. I also explained to him that I have been carrying in parks since December, and this is the first time I have had an employee even look twice.
I believe Mr. Blunt handled the situation very well, and I am very happy with his response.
I am also mostly happy with Prince William County Police Department. When theyreceived a "man with gun" called, they told the person that I was within my legal right to be carrying there. Not happy with the "recommend against it", but they knew my rights, and they, in a sense, protected them by relaying the correct information.