New laws allow customers to get loaded and carry loaded weapons in bars

More good news for the gun rights advocates via the New York Times. Four states have passed legislation allowing patrons of bars to carry loaded guns inside bars.

Tennessee is one of four states, along with Arizona, Georgia and Virginia, that recently enacted laws explicitly allowing loaded guns in bars. (Eighteen other states allow weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.) The new measures in Tennessee and the three other states come after two landmark Supreme Court rulings that citizens have an individual right — not just in connection with a well-regulated militia — to keep a loaded handgun for home defense.

Great idea, heh? But wait, Tennessee does not allow a person to carry a concealed weapon and drink alcohol too.

State Representative Curry Todd, a Republican who first introduced the guns-in-bars bill here, said that carrying a gun inside a tavern was never the law’s primary intention. Rather, he said, the law lets people defend themselves while walking to and from restaurants.

“Folks were being robbed, assaulted — it was becoming an issue of personal safety,” said Mr. Todd, who added that the National Rifle Association had aided his legislative efforts. “The police aren’t going to be able to protect you. They’re going to be checking out the crime scene after you and your family’s been shot or injured or assaulted or raped.”

Under Tennessee’s new law, gun permit holders are not supposed to drink alcohol while carrying their weapons.....

And we are supposed to believe none of these individuals carrying a gun will not be drinking? I have seen enough bar fights to know this is not going to end well.

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The nutcakes now won't have to stumble to their vehicles to get their weapon of choice.

How conveeeeeeenient. :/

reasons this is a bad idea. The Robert's Supreme Court may be the legacy of the Bush presidency that we end up regretting more than anything else.

In my writing, I'm referring to the Roberts Court as the 'crowning acievement' of the Bush Administration. Thanks to King George.

Its amazing to me just how powerful the Gun lobby is in America. It doesn't matter to them how many of your fellow citizens are killed by guns. What's important is that one has the right to own these weapons. I've noticed that one of the justifications these groups use to own such weapons is the number of murders in other G-8 by firearms. On average the number of people killed in Japan by guns is about 38 people a year . The last one that I can remember was the murder of the major of Nagasaki by a member of the Yakuza. That was more than a year ago. Given that the average murder here is achieved through the use of a sharpened instrument the number of murders here no where equals those that take place in America.

That one can reasonably expect to survive, if they choose fight or flight from a blade.

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson