Virginia Biker Bars

March 30, 2017

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Virginia Biker Bars

Earlier this week, agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hand delivered more than 30 letters to restaurants and bars in and around Charlottesville warning the taverns that they may be shut down if they serve patrons wearing motorcycle club insignia.

The action follows a recent, new expansion of the Department’s Bureau of Law Enforcement. Last December, according to the department, “On December 1, 2016, the Bureau of Law Enforcement received accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, putting it in an elite group of enforcement agencies. The accreditation program is a thorough inspection and review of agency policies, procedures, processes and operations as defined by 190 stringent standards.” The department’s Bureau of Law Enforcement is also increasing the number of its officers.

Multiple news reports state the new enforcement effort is in response to a “a dust-up between a member of a motorcycle club and another customer.”

Statement

The contents of the letters have not been published on the Commonwealth or Department’s websites but the Virginia ABC did issue a statement. It warned:

“Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement Region 9 distributed a letter addressed to Region Nine on premise licensees advising them of an increase in outlaw motorcycle gang activity in on premise ABC licensed establishments. This letter was created in response to information received from four local law enforcement agencies within the Charlottesville region. The letter was provided as an educational resource for licensees and was hand-delivered to approximately 30 licensees in the region during inspections and day to day interactions. Special agents are continuing to distribute the letters.

“The letter includes applicable sections of Virginia Code and states that all Virginia ABC licensees should take reasonable measures to prevent their establishments from becoming a meeting place or rendezvous for members of a criminal street gang or from becoming a place where patrons of the establishment commit criminal violations. The letter also advises licensees of potential penalties that could be incurred in the event of a violation. It does not state that licensees should decline service to certain individuals and does not require any specific actions on the part of the licensee.

“At their request, Virginia ABC is working with the following local law enforcement agencies on this effort: Town of Orange Police Department; Town of Louisa Police Department; Louisa County Sheriff’s Office; and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.”

Louisa Police Chief Ronnie Roberts told Charlottesville television station WVIR that the colors ban is aimed at members of one percenter motorcycle clubs. “Those one percenters, the ones that create the problems for us in law enforcement and the criminal activity, is the area we need to focus on,” Roberts said. “What we’ve done is try to make sure everybody is on the same page and not leaving anyone out, so everyone knows what the regulatory issues are.”

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25 Responses to “Virginia Biker Bars”

  1. bcnasty Says:

    Been in Virginia for pushing 35 years now. Never had any issues because even though I no longer fly I refuse to spend a nickle in any establishment that bans anyone or anything. The area we speak of is also what i call white bread central.More wine tasting than biker bars so how they control this I do not know. I do know however the same area gets you pulled for helmets, Inspection checks, and my all time favorite your license plate was too dirty to read. My motto, ride invisable.
    Respects,
    BC

  2. deuce Says:

    I’m with RT and Sieg. Stay the fuck out of those “citizen” bars. Most of ’em suck, anyway. Same thing with all of the “bike rallies”.

  3. Dbc58 Says:

    These are the same morons that pulled guns on and arrested a 20 year old for buying water: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/u-va-student-sues-state-40-million-arrest-buying-water-article-1.1738798

  4. Lastman Says:

    What would happen if we add Muslims to that list!

  5. Centurion Says:

    City Heat, American Knights, Urine Odor. All the pig clubs are drug using, drug dealing cops. Yes, its true. American Knights, a club of pigs and pig affiliates are selling coke on a regular basis to supplement their income, yet…none of the other pig agencies seem to worry about it.

  6. Azbrick Says:

    To zero: I’m an ex-soldier and would support a just cause. It would take a spark to set it off and, unfortunately, I’m not the one to do this. I’ve already done time for being against the powers that be and I am not prepared to go back. I am like a lot of people out there who have been screwed hard by the system and am now trying to toe the line for our family’s sake. I do believe that the day will come and I will be ready…

  7. zero Says:

    To Azbrick. Never forget they would have been in prison then if the redcoats had their way. It’s just going back to the old ways. Are we going to stand around and let that happen?

  8. Dutchboy Says:

    “a dust up” between a MC member and another patron? Are we talking a fight? Like the letter writers obviously want us to believe. Or did some RUB playing SOA give the finger to a straight? Maybe some nerd on a moped scared some lady’s poodle! Regardless of what happened obviously the person who arrived on two wheels was at fault. Because we all know those EVIL bikers are always at fault! Just a random thought: Would the story and press coverage (damned little in the lame-stream, good coverage here. Thanks Rebel.) Be different if the ABC wanted to restrict the rights to association and assembly of say the gay community? What if the letter read “anyone wearing middle-eastern dress”?

  9. James Robert Says:

    ABC has no proof of increased activity by outlaw MC’s. In fact, they don’t even know how to determine which motorcycle clubs are “outlaws” and which are not. ABC has no policy or methods for determining which motorcycle clubs are “outlaw” or “criminal”. They actually told Virginia Biker this in an official letter!!!

  10. BMW Says:

    As I read this, it is just the newly certified pigsty trying to come up with an excuse to hire more oinkers to increase the numbers of an agency. After all, if they had something REAL to do, the oinkers would already be asking for more funding, but since tbey do not have enough to do, they need to create an apparent “need”, whether it exists, or not!

    FIRE THE EXCESS PERSONNEL AT THE VIRGINIA ABC!!
    BMW

  11. RT Says:

    FTW Like I’ve said before it’s time to go back to the old ways. Dump the organized rallies, do your runs with your Brothers and keep the locations on the down low.

  12. Not Surprised Says:

    Not sure this would stand up if there was pushback in a civil court.

  13. panamaa Says:

    Damn, this kinda reminds me of the south in the early 60’s.. Maybe it time for all to come together for the common good and pull a Woolworth’s here and there…..Just saying..

    Respects

  14. Maven Says:

    Born and raised in VA and although I live a little further into Dixie now, this still makes me sick to my stomach. FTP and all their heavy-handed bullshit.

  15. LoneWoolf Says:

    The greater likelihood is that this “colors” ban was requested by the organization that represents Bar, Pub and Tavern owners. In Louisa County, for example, lots of business is based on the recreational attraction of Lake Anna. If the main source of revenue of a pub is generated by affluent Norther Virginia/DC family patrons, nothing can put the stink on business like a group of color wearing 1%’rs. The Bar would like everyone’s money, but reality demonstrates that 1%’rs chase away family patrons, and their fat wallets. A blanket ban takes the heat off the Bar owner for taking a stand against colors.

    As far as some Constitutional Rights assertion by people that want to wear colors, you can forget about that too. Dress codes that do not discriminate against, age, race, national origin, gender, etc. are perfectly fine.

    So, who gets hurt by this economically? The Bar/Pub owner that caters primarily to 1%’rs. Are their any?

  16. Name(required) Says:

    The greater likelihood is that this “colors” ban was requested by the organization that represents Bar, Pub and Tavern owners. In Louisa County, for example, lots of business is based on the recreational attraction of Lake Anna. If the main source of revenue of a pub is generated by affluent Norther Virginia/DC family patrons, nothing can put the stink on business like a group of color wearing 1%’rs. The Bar would like everyone’s money, but reality demonstrates that 1%’rs chase away family patrons, and their fat wallets. A blanket ban takes the heat off the Bar owner for taking a stand against colors.

    As far as some Constitutional Rights assertion by people that want to wear colors, you can forget about that too. Dress codes that do not discriminate against, age, race, national origin, gender, etc. are perfectly fine.

    So, who gets hurt by this economically? The Bar/Pub owner that caters primarily to 1%’rs. Are their any?

  17. Phuquehed Says:

    You pubs and tavern ownerz *VILL* obey! Vee haf vays of makink you do zo! Velkom to ze new poliz state, comrads!

  18. Va.Bob Says:

    Very embarrassing to this Virginian.Central Va. is a mellow area.This is an example of “authorities” making up shit to justify heavy-handed methods.I can’t think of any violent activity at bars or restaurants involving m/c’s,whereas the same can’t be said regarding hip/hop ,rap deejay parties at clubs.Chickenshit,but Nazi ,ABC.

  19. stroker Says:

    “On December 1, 2016, the Bureau of Law Enforcement received ACCREDIDATION from the VIRGINIA LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION”,…..”ELITE group of ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. The ACCREDIDATION PRO\GRAM is a THOROUGH INSPECTION and review of AGENCY POLICIES, PROCEDURES, PROCESSES and OPERATIONS as defined by 190 STRINGENT STANDARDS.” The department’s BUREAU OF LAW ENFORCEMENT is also INCREASING THE NUMBER OF IT’S OFFICERS.”
    Mighty important sounding words. If they say ’em enough, and keep a straight face while saying it, the sheeple will go right along with it! Same as the DMV in California saying “driving is a privilege, not a right.”….which is total bullshit. Driving is a RIGHT, but because the DMV has said it over and over again, everyone is convinced it’s legal. This bullshit from LE in Virginia is just the tip of the spear that’s gonna be shoved right up our asses by LE all over the country. it’s “precedent” doncha know, and the general public believes whatever LE tells them about the “biker menace”, and it’s gonna make everybody “safe” doncha know…..so it’s for our own good.

    Meh. makes me sick!

  20. Tom Barker Says:

    I hope I get a copy of that letter. I will make them famous for issuing it.

  21. Azbrick Says:

    Haha.. So our founding fathers would be in prison if they lived in Virginia now. That says a lot about how our freedoms have eroded since our Constitution was made into law.

  22. Austin Says:

    So… this is aimed at everyone wearing blue?

    Back to Private Parties, by Invitation only. Good call.

  23. Paladin Says:

    @ Sieg,

    The problem is that “Them” are forcing their ever increasing contact on the motorcycling community. Long gone are the days of live and let live.

    I have also found that a law enforcement’s Achilles Heel is their manual of policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are written by risk management people whose myopic approach rarely takes into account the dynamic situations LE personnel find themselves caught up in.

    When combining the foregoing with a general lack of understanding of the 4th,5th and 14th Amendments of the Constitution and the fact that most LE personnel are hired an age where they lack emotional maturity and life experience, one has a fair amount of ammunition that can be used against “Them”.

    And as always, long may you ride.

    Paladin

  24. TX_Biker Says:

    Agreed Sieg, We need to do that. Have our clubhouses off the beaten path again. party with our brothers in undisclosed locations. How the hell did we become mainstream in the first place.

  25. Sieg Says:

    You know, it’s really time for all of us, 1%’er or not, to leave Their world again. Once upon a time, we had very little contact with Them, and it was good.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

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