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Ohio Approves Guns In Restaurants and Bars

Posted on the 19 April 2011 by Cilaw

Ohio Approves Guns In Restaurants and Bars
One of my favourite things about America is the way that, just when I think it can’t possibly be more ludicrous, news like this comes along: The Republican-dominated Ohio Senate passed a bill 25-7 Wednesday to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry weapons into bars, restaurants, and open-air sports stadiums serving alcohol.

Don’t worry though, it’s completely safe because if you’re carrying a gun you aren’t supposed to drink. I can picture the gun-lovers, getting ready for a night out, thinking: “I know what, I’ll go to the bar, but instead of having a few beers, I’ll take my gun for company.” Odd, no? As Sen. Charleta Tavares, a Columbus Democrat, pointed out, even if the pistol-packers aren’t drinking, adding a weapon to a bar environment is a bad idea. “When you mix alcohol and weapons it’s a dangerous — and can be deadly — combination,”

The Ohio Senate also passed a bill that would give people with certain criminal convictions the right to own guns again. Felons already lose the right to vote — it would be mean to take their guns away too!

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