Before entering any place of business I always check for a sign. You would be amazed how hard they can be to spot, making them technically not enforcable under the letter of the law. But when I do see a posting I have to make the decision to disarm and enter or leave. On principle, I will always leave.
On this particular night I had a free movie ticket. We were in a group date (yeah, I carry on dates. She is cool with it) going to see a 10PM showing. I walked in open carrying and everything was great, heck I even bought us a DR Pepper. When approching the attendent who collects tickets I was approached by the manager and our conversation to the best of my recolection went like so:
MGR: Hello sir, we have a no firearms policy for this theater.
Jeromy: Really, well I didn't see your posting otherwise I wouldnt be here.
MGR: Yes Sir, it's posted at the front door
Jeromy: Well I saw the no smoking sign clearly, but not your no firearms posting. I've even carried here before.
(CPL from the Metro Police walks up from behind silently)
MGR: You can place your weapon in your car and return if you like, I am just following the policy here.
(At this time my friends, of whom do not share the same enthusiasm as me are starting to look at me funny)
CPL: Are you parked nearby?
Jeromy: Yes, I'm close. I would just leave but the ticket was free. So I guess I'm going to place it in the car. I'll be right back guys.
So I turn around and walk out the doors and realize the MP is on my tail. So after walking out the door he calls me over and I ask "Can I help you Corperal?" He said that he just wanted to make sure I don't return to the theater with the handgun so I said sarcastically that he doesnt need to follow this dangerous man. He actually took it quite well, asked if I were military of course. He did mention that having a weapon even in the PL of the mall wasn't legal, but I was certain he was mistaken (and he wasn't acting on it so W/E.) So as I'm walking back I show the Man my empty holster and he seems satisfied. I say "ok, ok. I HAVE to see this sign." So i stared at the door for a good couple of seconds and I spotted it, there in all it's glory or illegible fine print. Behold, this posting was appox. 2x3 inches at most with text and a tiny little crossed out gun, on a normal sized piece of printer paper with all of their other "Rules of Conduct." I told the CPL, "You have got to be kidding me. Legally, as you must know, that is not acceptable. But he asked me so I did." The CPL said that he would have a word with management on the topic of the posting.
It wasn't the craziest experience. I half way expected this to happen in that part of town :/ I will say that I was a bit salty about being in that situation due to the lack of posting. However, both the officer and the manager handled the situation professionally. I wasnt being rude, so they weren't either.
I'm an NCG man now...
Edited by viajeromy, 21 July 2013 - 07:53 PM.