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No guns allowed sign posted

I’m proud to report that a shiny new “No guns allowed” sticker now graces the front door of our restaurant. I just noticed it, and it might have been there for a while.

As I previously posted, a new law allowing concealed weapons in establishments serving alcohol was passed and went into effect in July. In a little bit of insanity, an establishment has to publically opt out instead of publically opting in. I think that legislators underestimated the willingness of restaurant operators to post “No guns” signs. I think they thought that operators would be too timid to risk the wrath of gun owners and wouldn’t like the idea of saying that their restaurant doesn’t have gun-toting vigilanties ready to gun down a bad guy.

As I also pointed out, if these people had been looking out for the public safety, they would have had restaurants have to post “Guns allowed here” signs. This would theoretically send a message to the potential perp that he or she wasn’t alone in packing. Instead, they are marking restaurants as “easy marks”. So, you would think that most restaurants wouldn’t opt out. However, in Nashville at least, signs are popping up like so many dandelions. Earlier, it was estimated that up to 75% of all Metro restaurants will opt out. I don’t know if that will end up being the number, but there sure are a lot of restaurants doing it. And frankly, I didn’t think my GM would do it. Kudos to the GM. My GM likes shooting Glocks at the range as much as any other red-blooded American, but understands the danger of mixing alcohol and guns, having to deal with potential powderkegs every once in a while (like just a week ago when I had to help escort a belligerant asshole outside).

I think that the Nashville restaurant community is pretty brave standing up to this backwards law. And there are restaurant people trying to get it declared unconstitutional (to state law). I support their efforts. I believe that Memphis is also going this route as well. Both communities have already banned guns in their municipal parks (they were allowed to do that in the bill). 70 cities have also taken this step.


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