Maybe someone can enlighten me because I'm confused. Since when can the City of Norfolk disarm a legal, open carry gun owner on non-court related city property? I went to the gun show today at the Scope in Norfolk and was open carrying. I was immediately sent to a table where an unhappy gentlemen instructed me to surrender my weapon so it could be checked. I did so in a safe manner by removing the magazine and the round from battery. The unhappy one commenced to lecture me on how I should not have brought a loaded weapon in here and I should have left my magazine and ammo in the vehicle. Whatever. He "checked" my weapon and placed one of those zip tie thingies through the barrel. He then instructed me to remove the magazine from my pocket and leave it with him. Umm...I'll take NO for $100, Alex. No I did not trust this fellow and had no reason to do so. When I asked, he said I would not be allowed to enter the show unless I complied with his demands to surrender my magazines and ammo and render my weapon useless. I returned to my vehicle initially to head home but I decided to stow my weapon and return to the show to check some facts. As I was buying my ticket, I asked the nice young women in the booth who in fact owned the Scope. She said the City of Norfolk owned and operated it. I confirmed this when I got home by checking the Scope website. Here in lies my question (about time, right?). How can the city of Norfolk prevent a legal gun owner from carrying a functioning weapon on city property? I know there have been various encounters with Norfolk and gun owners lately so I'm wondering if this is another example of such. I may be missing something and the fact that they did not actually prevent me (or anyone else) from carrying the weapon itself into the show may be the catch. But we all know that exclusions and prohibitions on ammunition IS gun control. Can anybody shed some light on why this is not a violation of VA preemption? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!