I am new to this site. Sorry to post something this long, but I thought some of you may be interested. This occurred Thursday Oct 1, 2009. I have already contacted 2 local radio talk show hosts, pro 2nd ammendment. State Representatives. And my attorney. STATE FAIR DISAPPOINTMENT Warning: This is a very long post. Sorry. I arranged to cut my work day short, my wife left her job early, a good friend and his wife also cut their work day short, in order to attend this years Fair together. We arrived at the Fair grounds today, about 4:45pm. We parked in a on premise Fair parking lot and proceeded to the entry gate from the parking lot. At the entry gate I was wanded by the attendant. I had my CHL out and was displaying it to her. She was oblivious until she heard the beep, saw the CHL and exclaimed (rather loudly) “do you have a concealed weapon on you”? The next words out of her mouth were “I have to write down your information”. I stated “all I needed to do was speak with the officer” (seated in an elevated chair / umbrella) and pointed in his direction. She hastily went to his stand and stated “he has a CHL” and “I am supposed to write down his ID and information”. The officer asked for my CHL, I showed it to him and he stated “that wasn’t (writing down the info) necessary”, and handed it back to me. NOW THE PROBLEM BEGINS!: The gate attendant stated (to the officer) that she “had been told by the gate supervisor to write down everyones ID and information if they enter with a CHL or they are NOT allowed entry into the Fair grounds”. I told the officer that “I would not give her any of my personal information. It’s not required by law, and I don’t think it’s legal for them to be collecting the type of information they are requiring for entry”. He actually nodded in agreement, but decided to contact a gate supervisor. I waited about 7 minutes for a “supervisor” (named Don) to arrive. Don was adament. “No ID and information, no entry into the Fair”. Don stated “the Fair was private property and collecting the information was their policy”. I stated it was “government property”.He then walked away. I continued speaking with the officer (in the elevated seat) about information privacy, CHL, ID theft etc etc. We actually had very similar views. However, he said he had to go by the “policy”. The gate attendant and gate supervisor (Don) had rather abrasive attitudes. *I want to stress that at no time was the uniformed Dallas Police Officer Burke rude, or offensive in any way. He seemed like a nice guy that was just “following company policy” so to speak. Next thing I know a man described as Head of Security pulls up on a little scooter. His name was Steve Ledbetter. Dismounts his mighty mini-steed and walks over to me. (I guess Don didn’t like my refusal to illegally take my personal info and had called for backup). Head of Security says “it’s their policy. Either allow them to record my information or leave. Or go put it back in your car”. I replied “I will not allow my personal information, my CHL number, my SSN, my guns serial number or anything else to be recorded”. He then proceeded to tell me that they (the Fair) had numerous “incidents” with CHL holders that caused a lot of problems at the Fair. That CHL holders had lost guns on rides and that Fair officials had found them the following day. They needed the information in case you “lost” your gun …so they’d know who to return it too. Then he tried to relate how a guns/CHL registration (logged info with Fair gate keeper) and an automobile registration were similar because you could just sell a gun but would have to register a car to sell it. I finally responded “I don’t see any connection there, and I’m not sure where this is going or how it relates”. He stated “this is their policy (I’d heard that line before), they rent the Fair for 24 days each year , they’re a private company and that’s it”. The rest of the story: The 3 others in my party had already paid admission and were waiting for my ordeal to end. When I told them what had transpired, they were not willing to attend the Fair without me. I had already called one of my sons to be ready to come pick me up so the others could still attend. Nothing doing, they understood my position and fully supported my decision to not attend the Fair under these circumstances. BeforeHead of Security could exit the immediate area, I asked that the monies paid by my friends be refunded. He had to call another man to the gate to issue the refund. The ticket booth operator was not authorized to make refunds. So, we wait about 15 minutes. A very nice older gentleman arrived, and we got our refund. *this gentleman was very nice and apologetic Time was now 6:05pm. **One note I need to make clear: At NO time did I raise my voice, cuss, disrespect or threaten anyone during this entire fiasco. However, by the time the gate supervisor, gate attendant and head of security were through calling each other on 2 way radio’s etc…..pretty much everyone in the gate area knew I had a CHL and was carrying a weapon and what the commotion was about. This did not make me happy. They handled nothing discretely. We left the Fair, I took everyone to eat at an upscale Mexican restaurant. I have a call in to my attorney re: a possible civil rights violation. I will be calling Joe Driver, Allan Vought, Mark Davis and a few others in the morning. To some it may be a wasted trip, time and money. I know my wife and I were disappointed, as were the couple we were with. Lost wages from work etc. Some may not make the effort to refuse their personal info be recorded by Fair personnel. I am going to stay with this until it is resolved. I attended the last Fair with no problems. No, I am not a happy camper. No one with a valid CHL should have to go through this type of abuse. Post the required legal signage banning carry if allowed to by law, but don’t make policy or company law or regulations that supercede state law and violate my individual rights. If you’ve made it this far reading…….I thank you for your time and for lending me an ear to vent. I welcomeconstructive suggestions and/or constructive criticism. I have since contacted Earl McCoy’s (General Manager State Fair) office at 214-421-8730 and was informed that it IS their policy to enter CHL personal information into a log by the gate supervisor.