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Some glad guns will stay out of bars, restaurants for now


Some people are glad that guns will stay out of bars and restaurants, at least for now.

The governor had a lot of support for vetoing the so-called "Guns in Bars" bill.

Police chiefs from across the state stood behind him at the state capitol during a news  conference Thursday.

Metro's police chief and the governor said it's about common sense and safety. They believe guns should stay out of bars.

Governor Phil Bredesen said, "The notion that we would pass a bill [to] permit one to carry a loaded concealed weapon into a crowded bar, at midnight on Saturday night, I think defies common sense."

"I believe that we can exercise our second amendment rights and common sense at the same time... Guns and bars and guns and alcohol simply do not mix," he said.

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas says he has witnessed videos of shootings that have happened in bars, and he says in those situations "someone else with a gun would not have  made a difference. Is that crystal clear?"

Many people agree with police, including some that work downtown.

The warm weather brings people out to the many bars and restaurants in Nashville, but some say guns wouldn't add to the ambiance at those places.

Adrienne Jones, who works at Otter's Chicken Tenders on Demonbruen said, "We've had customers get kind of rowdy, so I wouldn't think carrying a weapon in Otter's would be a good idea."

Jones doesn't believe it would be right, even if the person was a permit holder.

Jones said, "Why would you want to have weapons inside a bar? And people drinking... already have fights breaking out."

Al Lozano is a manager and promoter for The Place Martini Bar and Barfly's, both on 2nd Avenue downtown.

Lozano says guns shouldn't even be allowed in clubs.

"Whether or not there's a bill being passed, I would say no," Loranzo said. "If you've seen drunk people with a bad attitude, if you throw a gun into the mix, that's just all the way around bad."

He says the lawmakers who support the bill probably don't see what he sees while working in the bar and club scene.

"They probably don't go to clubs... don't sit around a bunch of drunk men, with testosterone pumping, trying to pick up women," Lozano said.

Lozano says the bill makes him feel uncomfortable because allowing guns inside bars would put his customers and clients at risk.

The so-called "guns in bars" bill now goes back to the state legislature, where a majority vote in both the senate and house would be needed to override the veto.

Thirty-seven states already allow people to carry their guns into bars.

Another controversial bill to expand gun rights still awaits Gov. Bredesen's decision. He must decide if guns should be allowed in state and local parks.

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