Guns in Bars: Old West Meets Modern Day Gunslingers

July 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)–A growing movement by the NRA and Second Amendment gun rights advocates, support legislation allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants.

The state of Tennessee recently joined 37 other states allowing guns in bars, with its new legislation taking effect just recently on July 14.

The guns in bars legislation was spearheaded by state Sen. Doug Jackson. The State senators overrode Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto of the bill in a commanding vote of 21-9.

Although the new law prohibits consuming alcohol while carrying a handgun, Gov. Phil Bredesen believes mixing firearms with alcohol is an “invitation to a disaster.”

Sen. Jackson firmly believes that the gun toting bar patrons will not drink while carrying a weapon.

Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” prepared a hilarious spoof of Tennessee’s new guns in bars law, accompanied with an interview of Sen. Jackson.


Watch the Video below:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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4 Responses to “Guns in Bars: Old West Meets Modern Day Gunslingers”

  1. Gordon on July 20th, 2009 8:15 am

    We should be so lucky as to be like the “Old West”. In its worst year Dodge City had 5 murders and that was when they were carrying guns into saloons and drinking.

  2. Tony Heaton on July 20th, 2009 11:57 am

    Gov. Phil Bredesen believes mixing firearms with alcohol is an “invitation to a disaster.”

    Every anti-gun idiot always says something like what Gov. Bredesen said here. It never turns out that way though. There has never been a disaster or blood running in the streets when law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms where ever they go. In 2007, there were 41,259 deaths do to drunk driving. Where is the outrage and legislation to make it illegal to drive a vehicle to a bar? Where are all the calls to outlaw alcohol. Oh wait, we tried that and it didn’t solve any problems and caused many more.

  3. HerbM on July 20th, 2009 12:10 pm

    Removing “gun free” zones is one of the simplest ways to cut down on violent crime.

    Those who oppose it always use mere rhetorical propaganda always failing to note that states which allow this face essentially zero problems.

    The CHL holders are among the most law-abiding citizens — something like 7 times less likely to commit a violent crime than a random citizen — and will LOSE their CHL if they drink while carrying.

    This is not like a drivers license where drunk drivers repeatedly are put back on the road even after convictions.

    Right now, those who will break this laws against carrying firearms ALREADY DO SO.

    The CHL holders are those who will respect the law.

    There is NO factual evidence against this.

  4. Foo Bar on July 20th, 2009 2:43 pm

    The published list of prohibited places must be a short list by necessity, otherwise the concealed carry law becomes worthless. Most other states that allow concealed carry do not have restaurants on their list of prohibited places for this reason. They are not having problems with that exclusion. It is very likely that Tennessee will not either. Quotes like “If they pass this law that you can get a license to carry a gun in a bar, the first thing I’m going to do is open up a funeral home” is pure classic Chicken Little. The sky is not falling. This time next year you will probably not even write an article to note that nothing has happened after all.

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