Guns in restaurants bill now with no curfew
House members of a conference committee on the so-called “guns in bars” bill voted 3-2 to abandon restrictions adopted by the House and accept the Senate version of the bill.
The bill (HB962) would for the first time allow handgun permit holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages.
The House version of the bill would have continued the ban on guns between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day. It would also have continued the ban in “age restricted” establishments, or those that prohibit persons under age 21 from entering. The Senate had no such restrictions.
The House-Senate Conference Committee was set up to resolve those differences. But when the panel convened, Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, quickly made a motion that the House abandon the restrictions and adopt the broader Senate version.
Senators on the panel unanimously agreed with that position. The House members voted 3-2 to adopt it as well.
Good. As an added bonus, Jeff Woods poos his pretty bloomers, invokes wild west imagery:
The decision put the lie to one of the big arguments for the bill. Proponents claimed they only wanted to let handgun permit holders carry their weapons into restaurants, not saloons. That’s why the House added the curfew. As Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville, pointed out: “After 11 o’clock, no family restaurant is open.” Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, acknowledged the hypocrisy in deleting the curfew now.
Ah, saloons. The best he can come up with, I suppose. The bill defines restaurants. But not saloons, which exist in old movies and Jeff Woods’ lacking imagination.
One of the reps from The City (My The City) voted against the measure.