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M4dwoman
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11:03 AM on 06/05/2009
All joking aside, what this law assumes is that all gun owners are responsible. Responsible gun owners register their weapons, practice safe handling, storage, and shooting. They would not combine drink with weapons handling, and they would not carry weapons into establishments in which violence (bars) is likely to occur, particularly if children are present.
Unfortunately, responsible gun owners are not the ones that will be showing off their 2nd amendment right under this law.
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jsgaetano
"Conservative" is not a political party, genius.
11:02 AM on 06/05/2009
Guns and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong?
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BassMent
Left of Ted Kennedy, right of Che Guevara
10:56 AM on 06/05/2009
Sure, it's still illegal for someone carrying a gun to drink alcohol in these bars and restaurants. Right. Like some guy who's packing is going to belly up to the bar and announce to the bartender that he's armed and should not be served. Get real.

The ultimate goal of passing laws like these is to make it legal for anyone to carry a concealed weapon anywhere and at any time. This is the NRA's long-term vision of a massively armed citizenry, and lawmakers are so utterly terrified of that organization's money and lobbying power that they are unable to make common-sense decisions to steer us away from our apparent destiny as a vigilante society.
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10:53 AM on 06/05/2009
So now when you duck into a roadhouse for a beer and a shot...
10:52 AM on 06/05/2009
This won't end well.
10:52 AM on 06/05/2009
Gives new meaning to the term "whiskey shooter"
10:51 AM on 06/05/2009
If you feel like you need to take a gun with you to the bar, then perhaps you need to find a different place to get a drink.
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grey sells
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10:45 AM on 06/05/2009
I assume everyone agrees that alcohol disinhibits poeple and affects judgement. You do things when impaired that you might not do sober. This sounds like a socially dumb law in providing an alcohol smoothed transition from a mild disagreement, to a little push, to a shoving match, to a fight over a dance or to a full fledged brawl into a shootout. It is the accessability of the weapon that can lead an alcohol impaired person to choose to solve a problem that is not otherwise lethal. There is quite a body of evidence that coorelates auto accidents, domestic violence, and gang violence, etc. with consumption of alcohol; to which we now add a few drinks the local bar. The shooter will be easy to catch and then we can add to the mortality stats by executing the perp.
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expired
10:45 AM on 06/05/2009
YEEE HAWWW!! i dun tole you dat dis her stabishment doen llow no guns. But na weese cun curr hour guns ina bars. o happy day.
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10:45 AM on 06/05/2009
What could possibly happen in a bar that would cause for you to have to shoot someone dead or otherwise?!? You get bumped and maybe spill your drink...maybe get your booty grabbed...oh yeah, don't forget the men (women too) who get drunk with liquid courage and become belligerent in an effort to prove their manhood?

All these things are very annoying but they also come with the territory. They also aren't serious enough to have to shoot someone. If the above example situations are intolerable for you, and you feel a gun is needed to combat them, then I would suggest not going to the bar anyway...because you're not stable. Maybe it's me, but it just doesn't make sense to allow guns in a place where people aren't always able to use good judgement.

I'm just glad I don't live in TN but in OR where people have common sense. Yay Oregon!!! We go to the bar here not expecting these things so packing heat doensn't even cross our mind.
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JTCan
10:43 AM on 06/05/2009
This seems a weird law. I lived in the hills of Tennessee for 15 yrs....locals thought it strange if you DIDN'T carry a gun in the taverns...................
10:45 AM on 06/05/2009
and we all got to see the locals at the palins rallies, thanks but no thanks, stay in, under whatever, in them there hills..
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popart
retired school teacher
10:43 AM on 06/05/2009
lets see now....you have not very bright drunken men, plus not very bright drunken men with Guns...together where drinks are sold...works for me.
10:44 AM on 06/05/2009
and ur looking good to me ...:)
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widdles
Love is 4 more years of Barack Obama
11:15 AM on 06/05/2009
LOL! Holster that thang, dude!
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DalKimball82
10:38 AM on 06/05/2009
Soooo, you cannot smoke in most of these restaurants, buy it's ok to bring your gun. I hope none of these folks have a problem with their service or their meal.

I guess that means target practice will now replace darts.
10:39 AM on 06/05/2009
well done will take on a whole new meaning...
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10:47 AM on 06/05/2009
New industry -- producing smokeless guns!
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11:14 AM on 06/05/2009
All modern firearms use Smokless powder. Probably muzzle loaders though not technicaly weapons won't be allowed in bar.
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10:34 AM on 06/05/2009
Unsurprisingly I support this bill. The law still prohibits someone from carrying a weapon and consuming alcohol but now gives bars and resturants the ability to decide on their own if they will or will not permit their patrons from carrying weapons on their property. This is the way it should be, if an establishment wants to permit smoking, or drinking or carrying a weapon that establishment should be free to make that decision and their customers will decide if they want to frequent that establishment or not.

Really if this law passes or not nothing has changed. A law prohibiting drinking and carrying a weapon will be ignored just as the law prohibiting going to the bar and carrying a weapon was. Laws that restrict behavior only affect those that obey the law already.
10:36 AM on 06/05/2009
misplaced encouragement never helps...sorry.
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11:01 AM on 06/05/2009
Let me make sure I've got this right - a law that restricts behavior (prohibiting rape or kidnapping, say) only affects those who don't rape or kidnap? That is, the ones who obey that law? And somehow you were deemed qualified to serve our country in an armed capacity? That may be the only capacity you possess - and yes, with the degree and quality of data processing demonstrated here, your support for this legislation IS unsurprising...
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10:30 AM on 06/05/2009
Sounds like a shovel ready project to me . A boon to funeral industry.
10:33 AM on 06/05/2009
exactly, joe the mortician...