Smoking, of course, is not the issue here. However, as some contend, if you don't want to be bothered by smoke, do not go to bowling alleys that allow smoking. Like other privately owned, publicly frequented establishments, I am sure that the concept of "supply & demand" will provide for smoke free bowling alleys.We finally ban smoking (a wonderful thing to go to a bowling alley without being smoothered by smoke!) and now we allow guns in restaurants. Way to go ohio...
Why are guns needed in public places? This isn't the wild west.
If no crimes happened in public, or in public places, there would be no need for people to be concerned for their safety in public places.
Unfortunately, the facts are the facts: Crimes - often violent - occur in public places, often in daylight, in well attended venues and with innocent by-standers present. Certainly not always, but frequently.
Law-abiding individuals do not handle any weapon when "drunk," intoxicated or in any other way inappropriately.
The only "consequences" to someone being allowed to LEGALLY carry a weapon in a resturant (or any where else, for that matter) is that criminals can be prevented from injuring other people - or at least prevented from injuring more people.
Regardless of CCW permits, if someone uses a weapon illegally - it is just that - illegal. They go to jail.
If you check the facts (FBI and other law enforcement information), you will learn that criminals do not worry about signs prohibiting guns, about laws regarding gun purchases nor do they care about all the discussions regarding the issue.
People who wish to use weapons inappropriately and illegally will not be stopped - or even slowed down - by laws preventing weapon usage, registration or carrying guidelines.
That is why we call them criminals.
I am glad you have a place to bowl "smoke free." I am not sure that I agree that "smoke free" should be dictated by law (versus the bowling alley's owner's right to chose), I am genuinely glad that you have a place to enjoy yourself without the constraints of needless smoke hoovering in the air you breath.
Perhaps you will also be able to bowl knowing that there are law-abiding citizens, who do not drink (I do not drink alcohol, in case you were wondering) who could provide you assistance and protection if in the unfortunate situation you were confronted by a non-law-abiding individual threatening you, or those around you, harm.
Whether the motive is robery, domestic issues, gang-related, drug induced behavior - it doesn't matter. The fact is that crime happens everywhere, at all times of day and night and in all areas of the community.
Criminals will not even notice a sign that says "No Guns." Law-abiding citizens will - and they will not break the law. That means that everywhere a "No Guns" sign is posted, the only people with guns in the establishment are possibly Police (or guards) and - of course, criminals.
I hope you give this issue some thought. I am not trying to put you down in any manner. It is obvious you are a concerned citizen who wants what is best for the community.
I am simply suggesting that there may be more aspects to the issue for you to think about than perhaps the ones you have considered so far.