A member of the National Rifle Association visited Alyssa Milano's anti-gun rally being held just outside the NRA's national convention in Texas, and ended up in a bizarre confrontation.
After jokingly asking her bodyguards whether they were armed — it turns out, ironically, that they were — suddenly one bodyguard turned angry and forced the man back to the sidewalk, even though the man was on public property and was not there to counter-protest.
Ben Howe captured the incident on video:
This is Will Haraway a CCW @nra member. He asked @Alyssa_Milano’s security if he was armed (he was) and then asked Alyssa about it. Here’s what happened. (She comes to talk to him after this and I will post that longer video shortly). pic.twitter.com/qMsq6rbzDd— Ben (@BenHowe) May 5, 2018
According to Howe, the security guard did not have the authority to evict the man from the protest, as basic permits don't give the protesting organization "total ownership" over public property, even during the scheduled time of protest.
FTR, per Section 42 of Dallas City Code, this security guard had no authority to force Will to leave even if @Alyssa_Milano’s organizations had a protest permit as Will did not represent a group or counter-protest. Permits do not give orgs total ownership of public space. https://t.co/vL3osTQS5P— Ben (@BenHowe) May 5, 2018
To her credit, Howe says that Alyssa Milano did stop to talk to the man as she was leaving her speech, and although the full video of that interaction hasn't surfaced, Howe did not speak ill of her attitude during the conversation. He did note later on Twitter that Milano now denies her security was armed at an anti-gun rally.