Super Moderator -
May I suggest that VCDL and other like-minded groups press the VA Legislature to pass a new law explicitly making businesses, which require their customers to be disarmed, to be responsible for their customers' safety from criminal activity of the physically harmful variety and liable for any injury which occurs because a "gun free zone" was violated by a criminal?
Call it the "Gun Free Zone Liability Act."
According to Alan Korwin, such a law has the following benefits.
The bill respects private property rights and allows anyone to declare a "gun-free zone." There is no cost to government. It simply attaches liability if a well-intentioned but fraudulent gun-free zone causes harm.
The bill had been introduced in Arizona and in Georgia but failed to pass at first. It will be in Arizona again in 2008 and is under consideration in other states. A similar bill has been introduced in New Hampshire in 2008.
The Gun-Free-Zone Liability Act has excellent value even if it isn't enacted in its first years -- it is a just and common-sense bill that would help protect the public. Resisting its reasonable provisions requires taking the moral low ground -- that you have no right to defend yourself, or that your civil right to arms can be denied by a wall sign. A lot of very bad gun bills are planned, so it's critical to balance that with bills as positive as this one. Ask your legislators to at least look at the bill and support it. Basically, "If you create a gun-free zone, you're liable for any harm it causes."
Come on, let's roll!