'Guns in Bars' bill heads to governor - WKRN News 2

'Guns in Bars' bill heads to governor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposal that would allow people with handgun carry permits to bring their weapons in to bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is headed to the governor for his consideration after the Senate on Thursday approved the measure 24-7.

The House approved the measure last week.

Both chambers agreed on a new version that removes an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and a ban on age-restricted establishments.

A conference committee earlier this month removed the restrictions after the House and Senate passed two different versions.

Under the measure, permit holders can not drink if they have their weapon on them.

Longtime sponsor Rep. Curry Todd, who first introduced the legislation 10 years ago, expressed relief when the House passed the measure last week.

"It's over with, I'm glad.  It's been 10 years getting this bill to where it is now," he told News 2.

Governor Phil Bredesen has said he will review the legislation once it reaches his desk.

The governor can sign the bill into law, let it be law without his signature or veto the bill.

A simple majority in each chamber could override a veto.

The bill would go into effect June 1 if approved.

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