You mean just like the 40+ other states? Shocking
A year ago, a lot of anti-gunners and editorial boards (but I repeat myself) were saying there would be blood in the streets and shootouts at the OK Corral if Tennessee removed the prohibition on carrying guns where alcohol was served. But, like sensible people predicted, it didn’t happen. Even the local press is taking note:
“Honestly, not a whole lot has changed. It isn’t like the okay corral with people walking in with guns in the restaurants,” said Bart Fricks, COO of the Copper Cellar Corp., which owns more than a dozen restaurants in East Tennessee.
“A lot of it was much to do about nothing,” Fricks added.
We got the same response at Mulligan’s in West Knox County. “We haven’t seen anything. We do have music. We do have a bar, but we do welcome kids. It’s very family friendly. It really hadn’t bothered us at all,” said owner Patti Anderson.
There haven’t been any problems at the Crown and Goose in Knoxville’s Old City either, but their stance is clearly posted to let customers coming in the door know that firearms are still banned there.
Note to self: don’t go to Crown and Goose.
In fact, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports that out of 61 calls in the last year from businesses that serve alcohol, none of them involved a gun. “This law hasn’t changed your job at all. Not a bit,” said Knox County Sheriff’s Assistant Chief Deputy Rich Wilson.
Amazing. Any time a pro-gun bill is put forward, there are cries of increased violence and death. And that keeps not happening.