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Thread: Is OC still OK at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts?

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    Is OC still OK at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts?

    The ol' ball and chain wants to drag me to the Picasso exhibit this weekend. I haven't been to the VMFA in a while, but last I heard, it falls under state preemption (a few years ago, I was asked to leave for OC, politely refused, and had no problems for the rest of the day).

    I was just wondering if the rules were any different now that Picasso is on display- as in, is it similar to a gun show, where even though it's hosted at a city-owned building, you have to abide by their rules, because the space is being rented out? I know someone else who went to the exhibit, and they said and you aren't allowed to carry a pen with you. It would be pretty funny if you could carry a firearm, but not a pen!

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    The building is state owned, run and maintained. = No problems!

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    confrontation

    Some years ago I was confronted when three of us were actually leaving the museum after several hours - they only then noticed I was carrying and the guard actually called in the code for an "emergency." I made a big stink about it and they changed their policy, even had an article in the Times-Dispatch about it at the time.Their policy is, at least as of last four times or so I've been there, to confront anyone open carrying and ask them to leave or take it back to your car. One time they even started the conversion with "Sir, are you familiar with the code of Virginia,?" implying I might be in violation. After you decline or refuse to comply, they walk away and leave you alone. But be prepared to be followed with lots of radio traffic throughout. I don't know how often they get put to the test, but the more the better, and I haven't been there for a about a year and a half.
    Let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverdance View Post
    One time they even started the conversion with "Sir, are you familiar with the code of Virginia,?" implying I might be in violation.
    Ha:

    "As a matter of fact, I am. It would seem that the more appropriate question would be 'Are YOU?'"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverdance View Post
    Some years ago I was confronted when three of us were actually leaving the museum after several hours - they only then noticed I was carrying and the guard actually called in the code for an "emergency." I made a big stink about it and they changed their policy, even had an article in the Times-Dispatch about it at the time.Their policy is, at least as of last four times or so I've been there, to confront anyone open carrying and ask them to leave or take it back to your car. One time they even started the conversion with "Sir, are you familiar with the code of Virginia,?" implying I might be in violation. After you decline or refuse to comply, they walk away and leave you alone. But be prepared to be followed with lots of radio traffic throughout. I don't know how often they get put to the test, but the more the better, and I haven't been there for a about a year and a half.
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    Tell you what Riverdance. Let me know the next time you go (Not on a weekend for the next few months).

    I'll wire you up and video it, then we can really make a stink over it.

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    Sure.
    I'll talk to you further about it next time I see you.

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