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Guns in bars equal troublePosted Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 11:01 AM
As of today, you can carry a gun into a bar or restaurant in Tennessee -- that is, those which don't decide on their own to ban them.
And I predict it won't take long for state legislators to regret passing that law.
Nearly every weekend I see police reports on fights in bars. And I'll admit that, in all honesty, there probably have been unseen guns on bar customers for years.
But with guns legally allowed, watch out for gunfire to start erupting. Guns, alcohol and anger don't mix well.
Meanwhile, over in the park...
Shelbyville recreation officials are wanting to ban guns from city parks and recreation facilities. That's easier said than done.
Do you set up metal detectors at park entrances? Hire additional personnel to do checks? Or simply put the law on the books and hope users comply on their ownt
The problem: Anti-gun laws won't stop criminals who might happen to commit a crime in a park. And there's a big difference between park users with suddenly-erupting anger issues (those most likely to be affected by a gun ban) and, for example, a woman who keeps a handgun in her purse for protection when walking.
I'm in Griffin Park nearly every day - without a gun -- and wouldn't feel threatened by a reasonable person with a gun carried only for self-protection.
Some laws only make things worse once passed. This may prove to be one of those laws.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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