Those of us on the side of the bill point out that this will allow us to go to a Applebees or Ruby Tuesdays type establishment and eat a meal while armed (and without alarming our fellow diners mind you) without having to disarm in the parking lot unnecessarily. It would also allow the carrying of weapons into formal bars, but that is not the spirit of the law, and even then the licensed CCW holder would not be able to drink either. Guns combined with Alcohol is not only foolish and dangerous, but recognized as illegal on both sides of the argument.
What the other side does to shout down this proposal is drag out the same old arguments that "guns + alcohol = killings" and this law will result in mass shootings in bars and restaurants and the like. The meat of their argument fails to recognize 2 basic facts:
- During the two previous legislative efforts on CCW in the state, the initial bill to allow it and the "Castle Doctrine" law that followed, they pulled out the same scare and drama tactics about shootings in the street and homeowners shooting at every shadow in the dark....both proved false. There has been no rise in shootings involving CCW holders and the Castle Doctrine has been used very sparingly in court as a defense to boot.
- They keep talking about shootings in bars that would occur neglecting to mention the fact that these types of shootings ARE ALREADY OCCURRING! Yep, despite the "law" to protect them, people are being shot in bars and more often out in the parking lot by people packing anyway illegally, and whom I bet would not be able to legally purchase one anyways.
I am not some "card carrying NRA vote what they tell me" type of guy. I do believe in using your own God given power of reasoning to choose your own decision. I have stated before that I think that having some type of background check required at a gun show (private sales, commercial already uses them) makes sense and that the use of straw purchasers needs to be addressed. It just makes common sense.
North, South, East or West...any direction I travel outside of Ohio they have already allowed restaurant carry and have not had issues...damn Ohio...
What makes common sense in this case to me is that if there is already known instances of people (criminals) carrying illegally without regard to the current laws anyway, I should be able to carry to protect myself and my family legally.
If more proof is needed take a look at the following video of the poster girl for restaurant and concealed carry, former Texas House of Representatives member Suzanna Hupp..who lost both parents in the Luby's Cafeteria massacre in Killeen, TX in 1991.