Ok, well OCing in the parade didn't go so well. I was waiting with the various Republican floats when a police office motioned me aside. They didn't ask for ID, they didn't harass me, but they said that although I wasn't breaking any law, the parade staff asked them to confront me and let me know that firearms aren't permitted in the parade.
Now Lexington's Finest were just that--finest. They were professional and courteous, it was the parade staff that violated my civil rights. I spoke with the parade staff and let them know that this was a public event on public property and no laws were being broken.
Parade Staff: Wearing a firearm in public--what kind of message would that send to impressionable kids? Just a second ago I had to tell some crossdressers on another float not to urinate in public
Me: I don't think I'm in the same ball park as I'm acting legally & respectfully. I would hope this would convey a message of liberty & patriotism--not violence.
PS: You just can't carry here, it's against the "rules". You can't carry in city buildings so think of this as an extension of a city building.
Me: It's not illegal to open carry in city building as it's not illegal here.
PS: It is illegal, haven't you seen the signs posted?
Me: I know the law, it might be illegal to conceal carry in city buildings, but not open carry.
This dude did not have a clue as to what the law says and seemed to dictate that he could make anything a rule and impose it on other people. I'll certainly be taking issue with this with the city on Monday--I'll let yall know how it pans out.
Afterward--Andy Barr (who's running for 6th district US Congress--and who's a constitutional lawyer) took me aside and said, "You know what they're doing is unconstitutional, right?" Haha, oh yes, I'm well aware.