Senate sponsor hopes to override governor's 'Guns in Bars' veto
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Paperwork has been filed with the state in an effort to override Governor Phil Bredesen's veto of the so-called "Guns in Bars" bill.
The governor said Thursday he would not support the bill allowing handgun permit owners to carry their weapons into places that serve alcohol, after it passed with a majority in the House and Senate.
The Senate sponsor, Senator Doug Jackson, said he has the votes to make it law, without the governor's consent.
"It's easy to get wrapped up in emotion, and it's easy to allow our imaginations to come up with all of these what if scenarios but, the reality has been well established and the reality is this-millions of citizens in other states have their right to carry handguns, including the right to carry where alcohol is served," he said.
Across the nation, 37 states already have similar legislation on the books.