published Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Guns in bars legislation advancing in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE — Legislation is advancing in the Senate that would allow handgun permit holders in Tennessee to carry weapons where alcoholic beverages are served unless posted otherwise.

The measure, co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson of Dickson, was approved 7-2 by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will now be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor.

A judge ruled last year that the guns in bars law is unconstitutionally vague.

Critics say it's unclear where patrons can carry their weapons. But proponents say the new legislation solves the problem by allowing individuals to carry guns where alcoholic beverages are served "unless it's posted" that they cannot.

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Vandy said...

I wonder if my buddy will allow it or post not allowing. Right now, he is the only person inside that is known to carry have a piece and the place stays peaceful.

April 13, 2010 at 4:44 p.m.
Humphrey said...

If I owned a restaurant, I would post no guns allowed, because I would be afraid of opening myself up to a lawsuit. Thank of what would happen if God forbid somebody got shot in a restaurant and the owner had passed on the option of posting no guns allowed - you'd have to think they'd get sued.

April 13, 2010 at 9:13 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...

Humphrey, "you'd have to think they'd get sued."

You'd be wrong.

Of course the flip side is, if I were inside a business establishment which denied me my right to defend myself, wouldn't the owners of said establishment be responsible for my safety in all contingencies? If an criminal with a knife started slashing up patrons, an armed citizen could bring a swift halt to the carnage. If, however, all the patrons are disarmed due to a decision made by the owner, would the owner not be responsible for the carnage?

BTW, if you owned a restaurant and posted that sign, I know a few hundred thousand Tennesseans who would never walk through your door and spend their money. You might want to check the demographics on HCP holders. We have money to spend. If we didn't, we wouldn't have thousands of dollars worth of firearms, ammo, training and licensing.

If I owned a restaurant, I'd welcome the HCPers with smiles and a hand-gunner's special, show your HCP and get a 5% discount. I'd also have the safest eatery in town.

April 13, 2010 at 9:49 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

D**n right scottym!

April 13, 2010 at 11:42 p.m.
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