Any progress on this? Anyone try to OC there since? It is public land owned by a state agency, so how can they prevent you from carrying there? I'd CC to get in, and then take my extra shirt off in the restroom and OC. If they arrest me, then I'd sue. A friend standing by with video recording would be a good thing to have if you do this.
Make it public on Youtube, offer interviews to the news media.
Looks like it might take a lawsuit to force them to follow state law. If one person doesn't want to do it, then OC as a group.
Georgia law was recently changed with HB 60 which makes it explicit that public property was taken off the table with regard to private entities that lease it, as to their ability to exclude or eject someone carrying a lawful weapon.
Yet, we still have pockets of resistance that are falling one by one. North Georgia State Fair forbids weapons, and it is held at a county park. I predict they will come around soon to follow state law. I will visit there soon with my family, and I will be OC'ing as is my usual custom.
I recently had email correspondence with Zoo Atlanta who has now decided to follow state law. They lease city owned land.
These things can get done, it just takes a little work.
They are claiming that the entire fairgrounds is a liquor establishment, nevermind the fact that only certain area's are physically fenced off for that purpose, and you can not take the booze outside those area's and into the rest of the fair grounds.
They quoted 22.214.171.124 which is clearly a violation of the NM state constitution "A. No person shall enter the New Mexico state fairgrounds bearing or otherwise possessing any deadly weapon, whether concealed or not. Any person found to be in violation of this regulation shall be immediately removed from the premises by a duly licensed law enforcement officer.
They then continue with the false premise that the entire grounds is a liquor establishment, when in fact only certain sections are, and are closely guarded by security and police so that basically isolates those sections from the rest of the general public. There is no lawful reason for this to even pass intermediate scrutiny.
I think the next step may be to try to obtain a copy of the liquor license and see how it addresses the specifics of the area- or if it does at all. If in fact it does cover the entire fairgrounds, that may be a legitimate claim on their part.
As far as the AC section- I would argue that this may not be unconstitutional based on the reasoning given- basically, as has been mentioned in other cases going all the way to the supreme court- there have to be reasonable restrictions allowed. And in this case, she has spelled out some of those. You must be able to argue that disallowing carry in schools and courts and the other locations is in fact unconstitutional as well.
I appreciate your efforts; but would you really argue that there can be absolutely no restrictions allowed, anywhere, in any case, whatsoever? Are all restrictions unreasonable?
I believe that they are using the false excuse that guns can be banned on the fair grounds, when it clearly doesn't support the state's interests which can only go so far as is basically necessary. That legal standard is intermediate scrutiny. Booze is severely controlled on the property. It's only allowed in specific, fenced off area's. Outside those area's, there is no reasonable reason to ban guns even under intermediate scrutiny. This outright ban is not reasonable and clearly violates the law.
Does the Fair still ban firearms? Is so, has anyone challenged them by carrying openly and videoing the event?