WEAPONS AND VISITOR/STAFF BEHAVIOR POLICY
Possession of firearms, explosives (including fireworks) or any other items whether concealed or openly carried or items that may be considered a weapon capable of posing a danger to other persons are prohibited on properties owned or managed by the Dubuque County Historical Society unless approved by the Dubuque County Historical Society Board or its directors for special educational events or programs.
The Museum & Aquarium will not tolerate violent, threatening, intimidating or harassing behavior of any sort; possession or use of weapons; physical attacks; or the intentional destruction of Museum & Aquarium property or another person’s property.
Right to Carry Law Restrictions – http://dbqcosheriff.com/Divisions/civil/weapons.html
Permits do not authorize the permit holder to carry a weapon in certain places, including: on school property, parks, all federal buildings, most State and local government buildings and property, airports, and any place where the owner forbids the possession of a weapon
A private property owner or business is entitled to ban weapons from their premises, and may legally ask you to remove a weapon from their premise even if you have a valid permit. Also note that bringing a weapon into some businesses (i.e. convenience stores, banks) may invite a police response due to the nature of the business conducted or an employee’s concerns for their safety and the safety of their patrons.
Dubuque County Sherriff’s Office
Dubuque Law Enforcement Center
770 Iowa Street
P.O. Box 1004
Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1004
Service Animals Policy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as dogs* that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. If they meet this definition, dogs are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. ADA requires service animals to be harnessed, leashed or tethered unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work, or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support, therapy dogs or dogs that provide a service to others not present (dogs in-training) do not qualify as “service animals” under the ADA.
A service animal may be excluded from the Museum & Aquarium when that animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Examples are vicious behavior towards other guests, a dog that is out of control and the handler cannot or does not regain control, or if the dog is not housebroken. If a service animal is excluded, the individual with the disability who uses the service animal must have the option of continuing to enjoy the Museum & Aquarium.
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is responsible for the health and wellbeing of collections of birds, reptiles, and marine animals. In the event that a service animal’s presence within certain areas of the aquarium is demonstrated to cause the animals in that area undue stress or anxiety, or present the potential for injury or illness, we reserve the right to designate such sensitive areas as off-limits. Sensitive areas may be designated as a result of new births or hatchings, nesting or breeding behavior in progress, or new animals in exhibits. Further, service animals may not be present at behind-the-scenes animal encounters.
*As of March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.