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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.

5 Responses to “You mean just like the 40+ other states? Shocking”

  1. ExUrbanKevin Says:

    It’s been 9 months since Constitutional Carry became law here. Our opponents claimed it would lead to the Wild Wild West, but so far, the only Gunfight at the Ok Corral happened in 1881…

  2. Jake Says:

    Same here. Ten months or so since we allowed concealed carry in places that serve alcohol, and we’re still not getting the bloodbaths we were promised.

    I feel cheated.

  3. Paul Says:

    Had guns in Texas eateries for years… nope, no gunfights!

  4. LKP Says:

    Rafferty’s had a poorly placed sign in their Kingston Pike location last year. I told the manager I wouldn’t be back as long as their sign was up and I haven’t been.
    I noticed that Calhoun’s doesn’t have the signs up. Owner Mike Chase was one of the big opponents of restaurant carry before it was enacted. I guess he decided the best thing to do was not put up a sign and keep quiet about the whole issue.

  5. Gnarlysheen Says:

    “okay” Corral? Not quite as cool as the Awesome Corral I guess.

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