Arizona Senate votes to allow permitted concealed handguns in restaurants serving alcohol

Channel 13 in Arizona notes:

The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to allow people with concealed-carry permits to take handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol.

The Senate approved the bill on a 18-10 vote on Tuesday, one day after the chamber defeated it on a 14-14 tie when one supporter was absent.

State law now generally bans possession of firearms in bars and restaurants selling alcohol.

Under the bill, a permit-holder carrying a weapon into a restaurant serving alcohol would not be allowed to drink. It would allow restaurants to deny entry by gun-toting citizens by posting a sign. . . . .

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Blogger Pundit said...

As I've commented before, I don't have strong feelings about guns one way or another. But I don't understand why there is such strong feeling across the country about the need for people to be able to carry concealed handguns onto restaurants and bars. Can someone explain that? One of the usual explanations people give for wanting to be able to conceal-carry is that an armed populace is a safer populace. Is there a rash of people getting shot in restaurants and bars? I mean outside of The Sopranos and The Godfather movies? (Does it count as a concealed weapon if you keep it beind the toilet tank?) I thought that part of the NRA-approved gun training was that guns and booze don't mix. Why do we want to mix them?

(Again, I'm really curious. If I sound snarky, just chalk it up to my natural disposition.)

6/19/2009 1:50 PM  

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