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Your Opinion: Guns in Bars — Bad Idea or Perfectly Fine?

Bill that would allow guns in bars, restaurants, stadiums and other establishments one step closer to getting passed

Guns and alcohol could be a mixed drink on the menu if Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs a bill that would allow guns in bars, restaurants, stadiums and other establishments. 

Kasich is expected to sign Senate Bill 17 into law, which will allow concealed carry of guns into liquor-serving establishments, including bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, museums and sports stadiums.

It's important to point out that you can't drink alcohol if you have a gun. Doing so is a felony and will come with the loss of your concealed carry privilege.

Gun-rights advocates applaud the move, saying that this is only Ohio catching up with what most states are doing. Others say the move is idiotic, that guns should not be brought into such places.

According to The Plain Dealer, 42 states allow gun owners to bring concealed guns into restaurants, but most states don't let you bring a weapon into a bar or a stadium.

So, what do you think? Should concealed guns be allowed in Ohio bars, restaurants and stadiums? 

Pat Riot June 17, 2011 at 09:30 PM
The law does not give the people carrying the right to drink, only to be in a place that allows people to drink. In other words, it's kind of stupid to be able to eat at Pizza Hut, but be a criminal for eating at Red Lobster.
Jake Crouse June 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Cool. Will be like the wild West again. Some guy will come through the saloon doors and some polecat standing at the bar won't like his looks. Then the fun begins. But, sa-a-ay, haven't we discussed all this before ? If memory serves, it brought out a lot of right-wing preachers quoting the bible and other zealots who feel safer if they have gats stashed under their mattresses. Especialy if they have kids in the house. Another grand combination: kids and guns in the house all at the same time. What good things can't come from that ?
Matthew Hudson June 18, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I love the new language that you use. Right Wing = Older Americans that honor the Constitution, go to church on Sunday, teach Boy Scouts to build fires and camp, and generally obey the law. Usually the best educated, most Honorable, and self respecting group in our nation. As for the rest, let me deal with it in points. 1. Walking into a bar and shooting someone is a crime. A law is not going to change that, it will just make the people in the bar unable to fight back. If you want to see a real life example of this, look up the Luby's Shooting. 2. I don't know what a gats is. 3. I agree that a combination of kids and guns is a bad idea. Kids like toys. So the solution is to teach the kids to not play with guns. There are a huge number of programs out there that do exactly that (the ones that the Brady Campaign haven't shut down, they need kids deaths to make their policies look good), and the safest gun is one that the owners have been trained to use properly. The ONLY reason for a child to get killed by a gun in someone's house is lack of education and the parents (even the ones that do not own guns) should be prosecuted for not teaching their kids basic firearms safety. Lastly, a lot of good things can come from that when you defend your home from an intruder and you live.
Judi Chamberlain June 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Is the bar owner or bartender responsible for making sure that anyone with a concealed weapon isn't drinking? Will the drinking patrons have to be searched to make sure they're not packing heat? Don't people go to bars primarily to have a drink? This law is absolutely insane. The NRA and Ohio legislators won't be happy until pre-schoolers can have guns in their Dora the Explorer lunch boxes. If guns are allowed in bars, then guns should also be allowed in court houses, the Ohio State House, all government offices, etc. Ohio legislators might not enact such ridiculous laws if they thought that some gun nut in the State House gallery might take a shot at them. Judith
Matthew Hudson June 18, 2011 at 09:17 PM
"Is the bar owner or bartender responsible for making sure that anyone with a concealed weapon isn't drinking?" Do you think that someone with a conecaled weapons license, who has spend countless hours learning to safely handle a firearm needs to have his hand held by a bartender? "Will the drinking patrons have to be searched to make sure they're not packing heat?" Are they five years old? "Don't people go to bars primarily to have a drink?" Did you read the actual law? The law does not allow people with CCW's to drink in a bar, they can, however, go into a restaurant that serves alcohol and eat with their families. "This law is absolutely insane. " It is? You've already proven that you've not read it. "The NRA and Ohio legislators won't be happy until pre-schoolers can have guns in their Dora the Explorer lunch boxes. " As a member of the NRA, one of four million members, I can assure you that what you say about the NRa is not true. In fact, the NRa runs a number of gun safety programs that teach little kids to stay away from a firearm. Their Eddie Eagle program teached kids to "Stop! Don't touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult." when they find a firearm. "If guns are allowed in bars, then guns should also be allowed in court houses, the Ohio State House, all government offices, etc." Yes, they should. They are already in many states, including Kentucky. Your fears are unfounded, and based on fallacy. Please read the law, see what it REALLY says
Michelle Simakis (Editor) June 19, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Thanks everyone for reading and providing your opinion on this issue. Please remember our terms of use — stick to the issue. I had to delete a comment because it was a personal attack.
Kim Fry June 20, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Well said, Judi. Especially the part about allowing guns in the State House, etc.
Anabell Jones January 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Heck no! So an angry drunk can shot someone?! I am fine with guns but not guns and booze lol Maybe these can be www.airsplat.com/Items/GP-PS-MP40-2303.htm

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