"Guns in Bar" bill vetoed - TN

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  1. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    NASHVILLE - With a group of law enforcement officers and district attorneys general standing behind him, Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday vetoed a bill that he said violates a basic safety premise: "Guns and alcohol don't mix."

    The bill in question, HB962, would allow handgun permit holders to take their weapons into establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. It passed the House and Senate by lopsided margins.

    "The notion that this bill would permit one to carry a concealed weapon into a crowded bar at midnight on a Saturday night defies common sense, and I cannot sign such a measure into law," Bredesen said in a veto message signed before the applauding audience of police officers and prosecutors.

    Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, who sponsored the bill in the House, said he would move promptly to override the veto next week. Only a simple majority of 50 votes in the House and 17 in the Senate is needed to override.

    The bill passed the House 66-23 in its final version. The Senate approved the measure in a 26-7 vote.

    "I think they'll stick," said Todd of those backing the bill with their votes.

    Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said he would review the governor's comments before taking action because "I owe him that much respect." But he strongly defended the measure.

    "Realistically, the Legislature has given this a great deal of time and thought and did this without passion or emotion. We did this based on facts," Jackson said. "What the facts show is that the law-abiding citizen who is permitted and armed is not a threat.

    "It's the bad guys who are a threat," he said, adding that such people already ignore the law.

    The senator also noted that permit holders, while allowed to enter alcohol-serving establishments under the bill, are still prohibited from drinking when carrying guns.

    This is the sixth veto of Bredesen's tenure as governor. None of his previous vetoes has been overridden, but none of them involved such a high-profile issue.

    Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV was on hand for Bredesen's news conference and signing of the veto message, along with police chiefs of Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga. Owen is currently president of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which was holding a meeting in Nashville on Thursday.

    "This is a matter of safety for officers and citizen safety," Owen said.

    Memphis Chief Larry Goodwin referred to two recent killings in Memphis where the alleged killers held handgun carry permits:

    "In Memphis, we're keeping score. It's handgun permit holders two, unarmed citizens zero," he said.

    Bredesen acknowledged there is "the great potential, probably the likelihood" that his veto will be overridden, but said he felt obliged to try to get legislators to "rethink" their support of the bill.

    "He'll probably get overridden," said House Speaker Kent Williams, who voted for the bill.

    "I hate to vote against the governor on any issue, but this passed by a pretty large majority," Williams said. "The governor is doing what he feels he needs to do. He's entitled to his opinion. It counts almost as much as the Legislature's (opinion)."

    While I hate to think of any CCW being denied, I really can't fault the governor's thought process on this one.
    Alcohol reduces judgement.
    Carrying a firearm requires judgement.
    Guns and booze don't mix well, at all.
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  3. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    It's odd that the Police Chiefs should think that concealed carry permit holders are somehow the bad guys here. By leaving out the facts on these 2 cases, you'd think that these were blatant murders instead of a citizen refusing to be a victim and defending their person or property.

    All this makes legal is for the permit holders to ENTER the establishment, not to drink once in there. It's a matter of convenience for the holders I would think. It's not to allow permit holders to get roaring drunk and shoot up the bar with their hog leg.

    Common sense soon leaves a Chief of Police's brain because by then they are more Politician than Policeman, IMHO.
  4. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    I'd like to think that the citizens that are responsible enough to go through the process of acquiring a concealed carry permit are not the type that would go out and cause trouble. I could be wrong though.
  5. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    All this makes legal is for the permit holders to ENTER the establishment, not to drink once in there.
    Com'on 45, a fellow walks into a bar, and doesn't drink anything. I guess he's just heading in there for the beer nuts on the bar, LOL!

    Agreed, the common thought with LEO's is "We should be the only one's armed!"
  6. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I for one am a light social drinker and most times I meet my buddy at Boston's (a fancy but relatively tasteless pizza parlor) it is to sit in the bar and smoke because it's the only PC approved place to enjoy that nasty habit. :eek: :D

    He drinks two huge Shiner Bocks on tap and I will drink diet coke or 1 regular Shiner and water. So not all guys in the bar are there for the booze.:D

    Personally I am a very occasional beer drinker and I've never gone to a bar to get drunk in my life. I can't justify the high cost of drinking in a bar. I can get a whole bottle of good bourbon for the cost of 2 or 3 on the rocks in a bar. I actually prefer a good bourbon beside the campfire after spicy venison soup or chili. Occasionally I'll have one at home, but the cost of the wife's scorn makes me very choosy as to when I do that. :eek: :D

    Give me better warning next time you're coming to Texas and we'll get together and kill something.
  7. Old Guy

    Old Guy Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    I replied to the editor of the Memphis Fox station regarding a horrible report on this issue a couple of weeks ago. The issue is not drinking, which is illegal for any of us with concealed carry permits anyway while we are carrying. The issue is there is some really great food in some of those places that you cannot find anywhere else. Should I not have the same right to protect myself if some wacko shows up brandishing a gun as I have anywhere else? In the mean time, I can enjoy my food and fellowship and not have a single alcoholic beverage.

    Hopefully the legislature will override the veto. And, being originally from Tennessee, you can discount Memphis anyway because it has for years been a cesspool for drugs and crime, mostly among the "minorities".

    Old Guy
  8. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    I'm forwarding this on to some in-laws who have connections with Bredesen.

    The point being missed entirely here is that most nicer restaurants serve alcohol and have bars on their premises. This law, as I understand it, was to allow diners the opportunity to carry a concealed weapon into these establishments legally if they do not consume alcohol. Since concealed carry permit holders are law-abiding citizens, per their impeccable record required to obtain the permit, it only stands to reason that they would also refrain from consuming alcohol if the law required as much to lawfully carry into the establishments referred to in the bill. I could be totally wrong...

    I have the same problem in SC, as most nicer restaurants offer the purchase of alcohol. I have to leave my pistol in the car even if I have no intention of purchasing alcohol. That gets annoying rather quickly... :(
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2009
  9. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    The way I see it in the Bars there are already a lot of guns and knives in those places. At least they are in my area. Even with the law in TN you can bet there are a fair share of guns in those establishments.

    Now to prevent a person from carrying into an eatery because they serve booze is a crime. Make us leave our weapons locked in the car unsecured and waiting for a theif to come along and take it. Your Governor's vetoe of that bill is a slap in the face of all law abiding citizens.

    Sorry it is early, just outa bed, and I am ramblin on and not to sensefull.
  10. Trouble 45-70

    Trouble 45-70 New Member

    There are many bad guys who like to hit the parking lots of nice restaurants for prosperous patrons. Hit and run. Too often they hit and shoot. I'm impressed that the Gov. of Tenn. is looking out for his constituants. I thought Gov. Bredisons constituants were the patrons of the restaurants. Sorry, I must have been mistaken, he is trying to protect the brutal class.
  11. NC has the same law on the books for concealed carry. No firearms in anyplace that serves alcohol for consumption on premesis. Even if the gun owner is not drinking. So, I just avoid going to places that serve booze. NC wants to keep me from protecting myself in those places, I can avoid paying sales tax to NC in those places. But then, I try to avoid going anyplace where I"m not allowed to carry.
  12. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Give me better warning next time you're coming to Texas and we'll get together and kill something.

    Roger, that! :)
  13. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    my understanding is that there is enough support to over-ride the veto.
  14. The Gov was right to veto this bill, to allow one to carry a weapon into an establishment that is by the very nature designed to consume alcohol and sometimes large quantities is a tragedy waiting to happen.
    Even people with good common sense can get their buttons pushed then common sense takes a back seat and the need to right a wrong takes center stage, especially when you have been disrespected in a place full of people watching. Just my thoughts on the issue.
  15. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Mr. Summers-
    Whether the bill is passed or not, it is illegal to drink while carrying in Tenn. If the carrier is not drinking it would be very hard for him to "consume alcohol" in any quantity.

    Larry Godwin is a political appointee of a very controversial mayor. He is a good appointee-he does what he is told. Memphis' current mayor is hell bent on destroying the city, and has done a very good job so far. The mayor is a confirmed racist and would like to run anyone who is not black from the city.
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