An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Despite a passionate speech by a Republican asking, “What line will we not cross for the NRA?” the House approved the guns-in-bars bill Wednesday night and sent it to the governor.
The House voted 66-31, a veto-proof majority, to approve the Senate bill that passed last week, after rejecting an amendment to maintain the gun ban in bars but allow guns in restaurants serving alcoholic beverages.
If it becomes law as expected, it allows more than 270,000 Tennesseans with handgun-carry permits, plus millions of others from states whose permits are recognized by Tennessee, to go armed into any business serving alcohol of any kind.
Bill summary. The majority of gun owners are responsible, rational people. Yes, there will be a few who are utter morons, as there always are. Look at how many people get plastered and get behind the wheel of a car! Drunk driving is against the law, yet so many still do it, thinking they are in total control, even after they kill someone. No doubt, there will be a few idiots who think, with weapon safely concealed, just one won’t hurt. Wrong! Just one is against the law too!
Owners may post signs prohibiting guns. And a permit holder caught drinking while carrying is subject to a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a three-year suspension of the permit.
Posting a sign would be an invitation to criminal elements, which is rather stupid, IMHO. “An armed society is a polite society!” What would be even MORE polite, is if all citizens could carry openly. Then, there would be no question about who NOT to mess with. One point…..if you are going to drink alcohol, leave your gun at home. If you decide to have a cocktail with dinner, consider leaving your weapon in your vehicle, and then, let someone else drive home!
As an aside, I’m curious as to why the Tennessean did not name the ranting Republican mentioned in the very first sentence?