This is NOT from an RTC rally planner or supporter, but simply from an “experienced open carry activist in Virginia” who has been made aware of our intentions. Check it out and take it for what it’s worth:
“I will be glad to give what advice I can for what it is worth.
I must note that as a law student, I am bound to disclaim that I am giving personal advice and not legal advice in any way, shape, or form.
Having said that, the things I would advise are:
1) Notify law enforcement of your rally well in advance. This is NOT to get their permission to exercise your right to open carry which you do not need but is to prevent both over-reaction on the day of the event AND to keep you from being evicted from your location by the fiction that you needed a permit or other approval to hold a “rally” at that location. By doing so, you disarm both potential impediments even if it does impose some burdens early in the process.
2) Adopt and publicize a “safety policy” for the event. See the one VCDL has at http://www.vcdl.org/static/safety.html as a place to start. And if anyone breaks the rules, then immediately expel them from the event so that their actions do not impart a liability upon you.
3) IF anyone is asked to leave by either the management of an area or law enforcement, note that you are doing so under protest (which reserves your rights in the matter) and then COMPLY! Arrest will do nothing positive for the movement or the individuals involved.
4) Encourage conservative dress and grooming. People DO judge us by the way we look. T-Shirts with inflammatory slogans should be discouraged. A single “vote from the rooftops” or militia t-shirt would destroy the entire message of the event.
These are just a few thoughts I had. As I think about it, I will let you know if anything else comes to mind.
Although this person probably won’t be attending the event, this input does come from someone who’s done some pretty serious work with open carry/ gun rights activism in VA. I don’t agree with everything he’s said, but I definitely value the input. Come to think of it, the only thing I disagree with is the assumption that a “Militia” t-shirt would ruin the message. I personally don’t see this movement as something that needs to shy away from or discourage “the M-word.” Other than that, I’m pretty much on board with the advice above.