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Packin' heat at the barPosted Friday, May 7, 2010, at 2:07 PM
A National Rifle Association lobbyist has urged Tennessee's House Republican Caucus to allow handgun permit holders to go armed into businesses which derive less than their income from food sales.
In other words, bars.
This isn't the Wild West and sometimes I think if the NRA had its way our cell phones would probably incorporate guns.
The key words here are "handgun permit holders."
I'd like to think a legitimate permit holder would act responsibly.
But alcohol and weapons don't mix.
I wonder if a felony-class law for using a gun while under the influence would be a deterrent.
The NRA is a valuable resource for law-abiding Americans who don't want their right to own weapons for sport, hunting, self-protection (two more key words) and/or collecting to be lost. I support their efforts up to that point. But, realizing that criminals won't follow laws anyway, I think some pro-gun/anti-regulatory individuals and groups would go far that it would end up making it easier for the bad guys.
Sometimes the NRA can go just a little too far in what seems to be an unfounded fear that individuals won't be allowed to own a gun. This is one of those times.
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