Again we are faced with the argument about "need". If a woman wears a mini skirt she deserves to be raped, if a wife back talks she deserves to be beaten, if a person "needs a gun" they deserve trouble. All are illogical and flawed. Check your with your local law enforcement official, violent crime happens in random places to all kinds of people. I read in this paper a few days ago(i forget the exact issue)how proud our sherriff was about his 50something% crime solving rate and his admission that there is little the police can do to PREVENT violent crime. Those with the mind set that they will never be the target of violence should never carry a firearm, that is your option. You exercise you option I will exercise my right.
I need to print a retraction, as it were. I emailed Andy Sher today to get some clarification on his article. My above statement about the Amendment is wrong. The amendment was struck down before it went before the Gov for signature. So if the bill does become law, permit holders will be able to carry in any establishment that serves alcohol. Never been happier to be wrong.
It should be noted that the House put an Amendment on the bill.
" (A) An individual, corporation, business entity or local, state or
federal government entity or agent thereof that operates or manages an
establishment that is open to the public, serves alcohol or beer, and
derives less than fifty percent (50%) of its gross annual revenue from the
sale of food shall prohibit the possession of weapons by any person who
is within the confines of such establishment."
That is a direct quote from http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB3012.
In plain speak, no guns in so called bars, just resteraunts. Now all you concerned citizens fretting over getting shot before you can get lit at the ole watering hole and kill somebody with you car on the way home can rest easy. Odd how those worried about the common safety want to ban permit holders...(I see no way that any legislation would keep criminals out of anywhere-Atlanta courthouse murders anyone?)...from "bars" but not drivers. Who kills more people? I'm just saying.
I think this is a more resonable bill than the one that failed last year and I applaud our lawmakers that supported this bill. 11 years ago when the right to carry law was passed we were promised that it would lead to a new wild west by those that oppossed it, that if you needed to carry a gun you were a criminal yourself or stupid for being in the wrong place. Well, it hasn't turned into, "This town isn't big enough for both of us!" BANG BANG BANG. Everyday the thousands of permit holders across this state have proven beyond all reasonable doubt and argument that we are a responsible group of people more than capable of making the right decision, sometimes under the most stressful situations. I have yet to hear of the innocent bystandard killed or wounded, the crazed PERMIT holder mowing down a bus full of orphans, or any of the other rhetoric put forth over the years.
Why is it that when people hear about this law all that they can conjure up in thier minds is a bunch of drunk, gun totting maniacs killing all the women and children? This law only applies to PERMIT HOLDERS. Backgrounds check, safety courses, fingerprints.....11 years we have had the freedom to protect ourselves and it isn't the old west. I am aware of no incident where a PERMIT HOLDER misused his firearm, where a innocent bystandard was injured. Name any other group of people that are more responsible and back it up with facts, real facts and I'll buy you a Coke. Way to go Senate!