Locked and Loaded in the Infield
They take their 2nd Amendment rights seriously here, at least according to Orlando's NBC affiliate, WESH Channel 2.
The station is reporting that bomb-sniffing dogs are giving RVs and other vehicles a thorough going over before letting them through to the Speedway infield, which sounds like routine post-9/11 security to me.
So far, as you'd expect, the dogs haven't sniffed out any bombs. But what they have found is plenty of personal firearms and ammo -- and, according to the report, they've been letting it all through. It's private property, the authorities say.
Reminds me of the Charlton Heston quote from when he was NRA president, which I'll paraphrase: "They'll get my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers."
Speedway officials, according to the report, say guns are NOT allowed on the premises, though it doesn't exactly say so on my tickets. I guess it all boils down to a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
And then there's the radio commercial I keep hearing for a gun show in nearby Sanford that features two classes on carrying concealed weapons. Nice. But let me steer WAY clear of any stereotypes here. 2nd Amendment, not my purview.
The news report seemed a little alarmist. My guess is that some campers have been bringing guns here since the track opened, and nobody knew about it until now. I'll see if I can --VERY carefully -- substantiate the story in my rounds today and tonight. Or maybe I'll just go buy a .22 to test security. ;-) I KID!
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