I saw a sign prohibiting concealed carry in a Lexington park building this past Monday. It was on the inside of the door. I was there for a one hour meeting, concealed carrying the entire time and didn't see the sign until I was leaving. That seems like a dumb place to post a sign like that, sort of like putting a sign on I-64 saying, "45 MPH, PREVIOUS TEN MILES".
My first thought was, "Well, I guess I won't go to any more neighborhood association meetings." Then I thought about it for a bit and changed my mind. My new plan is, "I'm going to open carry at the next meeting!" Time to raise some awareness!
I've been going to the neighborhood association meetings for a couple of years so they know me and I'm not a threat to them.
The sign just appeared. I don't think the city council will expect their signs prohibiting concealed carry to cause a lot of people to open carry in Lexington Fayette Urban County Government buildings, but wouldn't it be great if that's what we did? They will have aided us in educating the public about our right to keep and bear arms. It would probably cause some media attention, and rather than the city's intention of preventing guns in buildings, they would force the concealed guns out into the open, in plain sight, where people would notice them, comment on them, and eventually realize that armed citizens are not so bad. We're your neighbors, coworkers and friends.
Holy unintended consequences, Batman!
Best of all, Kentucky's preemption law prevents the LFUCG from regulating open carry, so the concealed carry that wasn't advocating gun rights would be traded for open carry in public buildings by the city council's actions.
If a hundred open carry advocates each carried in a city building every business day, and when asked about it replied, "That sign requires that I open carry instead of carrying a concealed weapon. I'm just obeying the sign.", I wonder how long it'd be before the signs came down?