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Bill to allow concealed guns in bars advances in Senate | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 106 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 12, 2011, titled Bill to allow concealed guns in bars advances in Senate | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Despite strong objections from law enforcement, a Senate committee passed a bill today that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants -- provided they don't drink.

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Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 12, 2011
So you can't smoke in a bar but it's totally cool to bring in a concealed handgun. I'm sure nothing bad could happen in that situation. A loaded handgun, alcohol, and a possible fight.....I'm sure it will be fine. Good thinking.
DeWayne from Da Hood

Dover, OH

#2 Apr 12, 2011
Same old tired article regurged from last year. ...Hey, let's scare everyone. Let's tell them there is going to be blood in the streets. Let's tell them someone is going to drink and blow someone away. ... So tired
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 12, 2011
That should put an end to these frequent bar shootings.
Independent Voter

Roundhead, OH

#5 Apr 12, 2011
With high unemployment, and a large budget deficit, our Legislature has nothing better to do than pass legislation allowing concealed guns in bars. Are our legislators intentionally providing material for comedians across the country? Will somebody please wake these guys up to what is really wrong in Ohio!

United States

#6 Apr 12, 2011
Just something for all of those wimps with a small penis to carry.

Lewis Center, OH

#7 Apr 12, 2011
The only people that should be able to carry a gun in a bar is someone that works there or the owner. As for the CC in cars, generally the guys that are going to be shooting at cops are not going to do the paper work to get the CC permit, so I really don't think it puts lives in danger.

As for in bars, drunks and guns never mix. I don't think there will be a big increase in intentional shootings, but I bet you see a couple accidentals each year.

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 12, 2011
I go into restaurants all the time and either don't drink or have one or two drinks with my meal, over the course of an hour and a half. We heard this same doom and gloom right before the concealed carry law was passed a few years ago. They said there would be violence in the streets, similar to the "old west". People who carry guns legally are very aware of their surroundings and purposely avoid conflicts, more than the average person. Has there even been one incident of someone with a permit commiting a gun crime??? I don't think so! If we did the liberal media and anti-gun people would turn it into an epic crusade.

United States

#9 Apr 12, 2011
Yeh guns in bars makes sense.How many were shot in columbus last weekend? twelve I think. How about some police checkpoints for illegal guns in cars
or does that tread on rights?

Delaware, OH

#10 Apr 12, 2011
Fear mongering by the hypocritical FOP at its finest. All the states contigious to Ohio allow for this and NEVER have any problems.

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 12, 2011
This has got to be the dumbest idea proposed so far this year. Memo to the state Senator, this isn't the 19th century, and this isn't Dodge.
First of all, how is the world will you enforce the idea that it's ok to bring in a CONCEALED firearm, provided you don't drink. If it's concealed, who's going to know.
Second, I think that free enterprise should also be included. Restaurants and bars should be permitted to not allow this, if they choose. I don't need to be at Applebee's on a Friday night, and have guys and gals come in packing. And don't even get started on the "bar" idea. What's the purpose of a "bar"? To drink, so if you're coming into a bar, and you don't drink, why in the world are you there to begin with.
I think that this senator needs to be in a bar on a Friday night, with patrons who may or may not be carrying a sidearm. Let's see how safe and secure he feels.

Pickerington, OH

#13 Apr 12, 2011
That is really smart, hand guns in bars. I hope they watch the news this weekend 13 shootings in 24 hours. Yea we need handgun in bars like we another kid with a gun shot hole in the head.
Steady Eddie

Zanesville, OH

#14 Apr 12, 2011
Small winkie = the need to carry a gun everywhere.

Oh my, you are such a man.

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 12, 2011
Now all the homeboys/right wingers/gang bangers/teabaggers can walk into any club/bar loaded and ready to fire away because of these lunatic GOP legislators. How the hell is any bar employee going to know who is packing? Welcome to the new Deadwood boys and girls...Jim, Columbus
sir patch

Dublin, OH

#16 Apr 12, 2011
This is a dumb move. People already act stupid when they get drunk, now you want to add guns to the mix

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 12, 2011
give them all guns when they go in.take the guns back when they come out. there will be alot less drunks on the roads
Reality Bites

Columbus, OH

#19 Apr 12, 2011
I'm sure the criminals are deterred by the current law not to bring a gun into a bar.

Zanesville, OH

#20 Apr 12, 2011
This may be one of the dumbest, nah man, moronic pieces of 'legislation' to ever come down the pike...and that is REALLY saying something!!...and the convoluted, nonsensical 'reasons' of Schaffer and Hanson are laughable and so transparently goofy...they sound like they are in a Saturday Night Live skit...which is where this belongs..."hey ya'all, we can take our guns into the bar, but no drinking now!...I'm serious!!...LOL!!!"

Does ANYONE truly believe that alcohol and guns mix?...or that people carrying a gun in a bar won't be drinking alcohol and their judgment won't be impaired?...why don't people who feel they might be a 'victim' in the bar just stay away from the bar?...oh, that's right, most are drunks anyway and can't manage this!!

Someone or some organization is behind this and somehow got Schaffer to 'sponsor' it or this 'Wild West' lunacy would have never gotten this far...

Lancaster, OH

#21 Apr 12, 2011
After the ten or more bar shootings last weekend. How many of the shooters had a permit? NOT ONE!
Wild West

New Albany, OH

#24 Apr 12, 2011
Good idea to bring back the Wild West. Now all those Barney Fife's can bring out their inner Yosemite Sam and shoot all over the place.

Napoleon, OH

#25 Apr 12, 2011
I think it is about time that the state of Ohio falls in line with the majority of the other states in their firearm laws. Several states has no permits or licenses at all and yet anyone, except felons or crimes of violence, may carry a firearm. This particular bill would only raise the bar equal to some of the surrounding states of Ohio. The streets failed to run red with blood in 2004 and the bars and resturants that serve alcohol will see no more gunfights than they did before this bill. That is my opinion and its worth exactly what you paid for it..........nothing. Go figure!

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