Restaurants prepare for new 'Guns in Bars' law - WKRN News 2

Restaurants prepare for new 'Guns in Bars' law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Permitted gun owners will soon be able to bring their weapons into places that serve alcohol when the so-called "Guns in Bars" law takes effect in two weeks.

Many businesses, however, are making their own rules and don't plan to allow guns.

"We still haven't been able to figure out the problem that existed that caused the need for this legislation," Walt Baker with the Tennessee Hospitality Association told News 2.

Hundreds of business owners who belong to the Tennessee Hospitality Association say they'll be prohibiting guns in their establishments.

Baker said, "The latest poll that we did of our members showed that 83% of the members said they're going to post some sort of sign that says they do not want guns on [their] property."

While legislators changed the law, they aren't providing signage for businesses.

"There's no requirement of how big the sign needs to be or how small it needs to be or what color it needs to be or anything else," said Baker.

The law does state what the sign needs to say.

The Tennessee Hospitality Association created a format to help establishments and they've commissioned a printer to make placards and signs.

The association said while the majority of their members disagree with the legislation, they won't necessarily order and place signs.

"If you post a sign does it mean there's been a problem there in the past, and if you don't post a sign does it mean behavior just doesn't change at all," Baker said.

The new "Guns in Bars" law takes effect July 14.

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