Virgina’s Richmond Coliseum Changes Gun Policy Again

Virgina’s Richmond Coliseum Changes Gun Policy Again

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -( About the time of the Republican Convention, the Richmond Coliseum changed its “no weapons” policy to allow for lawful carry of handguns, openly or concealed, as per state law.

About a month or so ago the policy was changed to once again say “no weapons of any sort”

In frustration, the Board voted to begin the process of taking Richmond to court in order to end the violation of state law by the City and the Coliseum.

Accordingly I met with a Richmond area attorney last week.

I also contacted City attorneys to put them on notice that if this problem isn’t fixed, we are going to court. (If the City simply fixes the problem, VCDL would be happy to let the issue drop.) I was told to talk to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), who actually owns property, The RRHA attorney said that Richmond leases the property and sets the rules, pointing me back at the City as the one to sue.

And now a member tells me that the policy has just been changed to say that “ILLEGAL weapons” are banned! Upon checking sure enough:

There are some localities that have used that same wording. Note: I am not a lawyer and can’t give legal advice. My law understanding of the law indicates that the wording is valid as it allows for the otherwise lawful open or concealed carry of a handgun as per Virginia law. The wording simply states the obvious – illegal things are not allowed in the Coliseum. Hopefully the Richmond Coliseum staff understands the law and their own rules if they encounter a gun owner lawfully carrying a gun.

I am hoping that the City got the message that VCDL was tired of playing games. Anyway, we will keep an eye on their firearms policy in case it changes yet again. We also want to hear first-hand reports from any of you attending events at the Coliseum who choose to carry as to what you experience there.

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.