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    Downtown Norfolk

    hey guys,

    I will soon be getting an apartment right in the middle of Downtown Norfolk. It'll be walking distance from the Norva, the Scope, the McAurther Mall and the like. My question is, do any of you have any good OC experience in this area and are there any places nearby that have gunbusters up?

    Thanks.

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    Welcome to OCDO and The Old Dominion.

    There's a guy that used to be active on the board - Danbus - who regularly had fun with Norfolk and it's PD over OC issues. He sometimes seemed to use them as his Christmas Fund - they'd screw up and he's win another lawsuit against them. I heard he got married, poor fella.

    Since that time it's been pretty quite. Even Harborfest seems to be safer to attend, thanks to another person who OCs around the city frequently. I can't spell Chet's name so will not embarass him by mentioning it.

    VCDL www.vcdl.org may have some places listed on their gun-unfriendly list. Check it out and then while you are on their site join up. Also be sure to check out the OC meet-and-eat events that are regularly posted. Between here, the meet-ups and the VCDL table at the gun shows you should find out everything you want to know. And maybe some things you didn't want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoicMaverick View Post
    hey guys,

    I will soon be getting an apartment right in the middle of Downtown Norfolk. It'll be walking distance from the Norva, the Scope, the McAurther Mall and the like. My question is, do any of you have any good OC experience in this area and are there any places nearby that have gunbusters up?

    Thanks.
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    If you don't see a sign don't worry about it. If you go to the mall consider CCing. They have no posted policy prohibiting firearms (and we'd like to keep it that way) but a few people have been asked to leave for OCing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t33j View Post
    Lots.
    ..."Don't take any crap about waterside."
    In the event you don't know about Waterside:
    Bottom Line: The CITY helped pay for it and owns the property. Don't let anyone give you any crap about OCing there.
    It IS LEGAL. You're likely to get looks, but those will be from tourists hailing from Communist countries (states) like Marylandistan, New Jerseyskaya and New Yorkovitch. Have fun and keep us posted. We may even help post your bail should you find yourself a guest at the Crossbar Inn near Harbor Park.
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    Thanks, thatís some good info. I never really knew much about VCDL but I will likely be joining them in the near future. I will be moving in in just under a month (man, time is flying) I donít know how many of you live or frequent the Downtown Norfolk area but I'll keep you posted. I really love the helpful environment around here, most forums I have ever been a member of are full of hypocritical ******-bags but its nice to feel like I can actually ask a question. Keep it up.

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    I visited a friend who has an apartment near the scope in Norfolk a few weeks ago to attend a gun show with him. I oc'd my full-size Glock in my serpa all around that area. No problems, but I didn't see any cops either. Not sure if you know about it, but theres a very nice gun store in the area called "Bobs gun shop", it has a wide range of guns and accessories, and even a shooting range on the 3rd floor! Pm me if you wanna head there and shoot sometime! Sorry about getting off topic.

    Tl;dr oc'd around Norfolk no problems.

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    good to know. now if I could just OC in the Buffalo Wild Wings that will be opening in that area, things would be perfect lol.

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    There are other [superior] places to get wings in Norfolk.
    The quiet war has begun, with silent weapons
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoicMaverick View Post
    good to know. now if I could just OC in the Buffalo Wild Wings that will be opening in that area, things would be perfect lol.
    Don't hold your breath on that one. Buffalo Wild Wings has taken a very clear anti-self defense attitude regarding people carrying sidearms in their restaurants. Myself and others have been asked to leave and not return armed when we were unaware of their policy.

    Welcome to Virginia by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoicMaverick View Post
    Thanks, thatís some good info. I never really knew much about VCDL but I will likely be joining them in the near future. I will be moving in in just under a month (man, time is flying) I donít know how many of you live or frequent the Downtown Norfolk area but I'll keep you posted. I really love the helpful environment around here, most forums I have ever been a member of are full of hypocritical ******-bags but its nice to feel like I can actually ask a question. Keep it up.
    You'll find the folks around here are pretty friendly and don't mind helping out. Personally I don't post much of late as I'm on an overseas assignment now, but I do still read the board pretty regularly. There's lots of info from lots of smart folks here that have experienced just about everything you can imagine. The Virginia forum has people from just about every corner of the state and many are in the metro areas around Hampton Roads, Richmond, and NOVA along with active folks in the smaller towns and rural areas as well.

    Best advice I can give is do your homework and search around on here for any questions you might have. Chances are someone's had the same issue, but if not there's plenty of help to be found here!

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    Hey man, I live in portsmouth, and have had no problems in norfolk. From what I hear, they are well educated about OC, mostly due to their costly mistakes. Just make sure to steer clear of schools (which includes churches with a school as part of it) and things like that.

    There are friendlier places than bob's gun shop, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIC869 View Post
    Personally I don't post much of late as I'm on an overseas assignment now, but I do still read the board pretty regularly.

    ya thats my situatin too. I'm in the navy and were in the tail end of seven month deployment. Im so ready to get home lol

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    Bob's prices are kinda high. Check Bress' Pawn Shop across the street. They have some interesting guns come through there from time to time, but they are knowledgeable about what they have and price them accordingly. I bought a S&W Mod 41HB for a SONG there back when they didn't know what they had, but they've educated themselves since then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    There's a guy that used to be active on the board - Danbus - who regularly had fun with Norfolk and it's PD over OC issues. He sometimes seemed to use them as his Christmas Fund - they'd screw up and he's win another lawsuit against them.
    Wasn't he usually "Carrying While Black?"
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    Navy here also

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    Quote Originally Posted by ixtow View Post
    Wasn't he usually "Carrying While Black?"
    I believe those charges were dismissed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wylde007 View Post
    There are other [superior] places to get wings in Norfolk.
    Do tell, please

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    Exclamation

    Hooters' wings are better.

    AJ Gators used to have good wings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wylde007 View Post
    Hooters' wings are better.
    Three Mile Island. Not so hot that it kills the fun, and still has a full flavor. I've never found better wings than these.
    Last edited by ixtow; 11-18-2011 at 12:30 PM.
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    OT, but TRIPPS on Independence has the meatiest tastiest not hot wings. Lendy's at the beach ahs the best with the hot varieties..
    And Lendys is gun friendly, and, OH NO, Cop friendly...Good people go there. (military)
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    Hooters @ Waterside has good wings...and "nice" hooters!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm2max View Post
    Hey man, I live in portsmouth, and have had no problems in norfolk. From what I hear, they are well educated about OC, mostly due to their costly mistakes. Just make sure to steer clear of schools (which includes churches with a school as part of it) and things like that.

    There are friendlier places than bob's gun shop, IMO.
    You needn't steer clear of schools if you have a CHP. And if you're OC'ing, you don't have to have your permit on your person should you pass close to a school... just have to have been issued one (U.S. Code 18,922). Just don't go onto the school's property. But taking a walk down the sidewalk next to the school or something similar (store or gas station, etc. across the street is fine).
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    @ southern boy, really? I have been OC'ing every day and been planning my day around schools. So i can walk by a school (on the sidewalk) since i have a CHP and not get arrested? I live within 1000 feet of a school on apartment property.

    I guess I should have read the laws more.....

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    No need to read the law. No need to have a CHP to OC. There is no 1000' rule in Virginia. That is a federal law and local and state police are not in the business of enforcing federal laws.

    We've been around this over and over and over and over and over and over...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm2max View Post
    @ southern boy, really? I have been OC'ing every day and been planning my day around schools. So i can walk by a school (on the sidewalk) since i have a CHP and not get arrested? I live within 1000 feet of a school on apartment property.

    I guess I should have read the laws more.....
    Just don't go onto school property. If it were me, I would walk on a sidewalk across the street from the school if I had to go by it simply to avoid any chance of problems. Walking on a sidewalk bordering the school could be construed as being provocative and while not illegal, could mess up your day.
    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

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