Tennessee and Ohio recently enacted legislation to allow non-drinking patrons with conceal-carry permits to carry firearms in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Tennessee loosened its prohibitions against personal weapons in bars in 2010, and Ohio followed suit earlier this year.
But already, acts of buffoonery by armed and intoxicated idiots have given gun-grabbers ammunition to imperil these Second Amendment advancements in both states--as well as in the 21 states that allow guns in places that serve alcohol, the 12 that permit them in restaurant sections of bars, and the eight that allow unfettered concealed-carry in bars.
The first culprit is none other than Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd, the legislator who championed the bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to take guns into bars in the Volunteer State.
Curry was arrested for driving while intoxicated and possessing a handgun--a loaded .38-caliber in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console of his car--while intoxicated on Oct. 11 in Nashville.
The second nitwit is Chad O'Reilly, 25, of Deer Park, Ohio, who got into a confrontation on Oct. 12 with a patron at a local tavern, went out to his car, returned with a .40 Glock, waved it at his antagonist, and announced, "I'm going to kill you."
He was, fortunately, arrested without further incident.
While these incidents had nothing to do with regulating guns in bars and restaurants--the DUI didn't happen in a bar and the drunken debacle in Ohio would likely have happened regardless what the laws are--anti-gun zealots have giddily capitalized on them both to mock the Second Amendment and, as expected, you, the gun-owner.