Thursday, September 2, 2010

Guns in restaurants revisited (again)

Last year, attorney David Randolph Smith successfully filed suit, and had the restaurant carry law suspended. This is a law that was vetoed by Governor Bredesen, and decidedly overridden by the legislature. This year, as reported in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Smith is at it again. This time his client is an anonymous server who alleges that the restaurant carry law creates an unsafe workplace for him. A complaint has been filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work force Development, reports the newspaper.

Governor Bredesen, who, I am sure was embarrassed by the Legislative override both last year and this year, states that it's "a stupid idea" to allow handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into establishments that serve alcohol. Governor Bredesen still has not answered my question from last year:

Let me guess, Phil,
If you go into a restaurant that sells alcohol, you have the option of bringing armed security with you. You can hand off responsibility for your safety to these public servants.
But, I can't do that. I can only depend on myself, as can all ordinary citizens. Your veto continues to deprive us of the means to effective self-preservation, which you are able to provide for yourself at our expense.
So, my question once again is, do you ever take armed security into restaurants with you? I would appreciate a reply.

The Guv never answered, and it is a good thing I did not hold my breath. Otherwise, I would be looking like a Smurf by now.

Now, we will just have to wait and see if Smith is successful through the complaint/litigation process this time. Never mind that thirty-one states have laws that allow carry in restaurants.

When will politicians/lawyers quit trying to use the doctrine of prior restraint against the Second Amendment?

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