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    I might be a little bit late with this question, but whencan Ibe considered to be trespassing on the campus of a state funded college or university?

    I will be in Blacksburg tomorrow morning for a change of command ceremony for the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets.At this time I am planning to open carry while there. I know thatI am well within my legal rights to carry on the campus, but I am just a little bit concerned that I might be asked to leave or put my firearm in the car or something like that. If so,and I were torefuse to do so (which I would), couldI legally be forced to leave or face a trespassing charge?

    The event will be held on the drill field and is fullyopen to families and tothe public. My basic understanding of the simple points of the lawis that I could refuse to leave and that should be the end of it, so long as I am not braking any laws or activelycreating some sort ofpublicdisturbance. However, I just want to see if there areany otheropinions or citations of law or case-law that say otherwise.

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    IANAL or LEO...if asked to leave by an agent of the proprietor and you refuse then you commit a trespass. A sign is not constructive/effective notice.

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    VApatriot wrote:
    I might be a little bit late with this question, but whencan Ibe considered to be trespassing on the campus of a state funded college or university?

    I will be in Blacksburg tomorrow morning for a change of command ceremony for the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets.At this time I am planning to open carry while there. I know thatI am well within my legal rights to carry on the campus, but I am just a little bit concerned that I might be asked to leave or put my firearm in the car or something like that. If so,and I were torefuse to do so (which I would), couldI legally be forced to leave or face a trespassing charge?

    The event will be held on the drill field and is fullyopen to families and tothe public. My basic understanding of the simple points of the lawis that I could refuse to leave and that should be the end of it, so long as I am not braking any laws or activelycreating some sort ofpublicdisturbance. However, I just want to see if there areany otheropinions or citations of law or case-law that say otherwise.
    If I'm finished at the shooting range in time, maybe ill stop by to watch and see what happens.

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    One has to wonder how VT could ask you to leave under the threat of trespassing. VT is a state university which I would think, infers that it cannot discriminate against someone's civil rights. Well the last time I looked, the Second Amendment was most assuredly a fundamental civil right.. not like some invented ones such as affirmative aciton of miniority preferences, whatever the hell they might be.


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    SouthernBoy wrote:
    One has to wonder how VT could ask you to leave under the threat of trespassing. VT is a state university which I would think, infers that it cannot discriminate against someone's civil rights. Well the last time I looked, the Second Amendment was most assuredly a fundamental civil right.. not like some invented ones such as affirmative aciton of miniority preferences, whatever the hell they might be.

    I can tell you exactly how someone at VT could ask a gun owner to leave. Some anti-gunner goes on a binge of self-righteous indignation and summons up the courage to go up to said gun owner, and tell him to leave.

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    Well, I did it. My older brother and myself both OCed on the campus of Virginia Tech. We walk about halfway across campus from where we parked to the drill field; we watched the ceremony, and then we walked back. That was all there was to it. No one said anything to us and the campus police didn't show up, so I would like to think that no one was really scared or offended by it. Hopefully we might have even changed a fewpeoplesmisconceptionsabout young people with firearms at colleges.

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    Good for you sir! Did anyone comment about you guys OC or did it seem no one even noticed?

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    It seemed to me that at least a couple people did for surenotice, but noonesaid anything to us directly, and I didn't notice any pointing or whispering either. There might have been some, but none that I could see or hear.

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    Good on you and your brother!

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