Kent Patch Readers Respond to 'Guns in Bars' Bill
Many Kent bar owners are opposed to the measure being debated in Columbus
Bar owners, police and gun supporters all have different views on a bill being debated in Columbus that would allow permit-holding gun owners to carry their firearm into places that serve alcohol.
But they can agree on one thing — it's a tough issue to debate.
And they're debating it right now on Kent Patch. Here's what our readers are saying about the issue:
Yes, people with (concealed-carry) permits should be allowed to carry guns in establishments that serve alcohol. The (proposal) clearly states that the person with the CCW may not drink... while carrying.
I do not want to go into any place where the person next to me has a gun — even if they are law abiding citizens. I do not want situations to escalate, I do not want to be around someone protecting themselves with flying bullets, I do not want my kids to be next to that person in any restaurant. It doesn't matter if the person with the gun is not drinking. Who the heck is going to police these items?
The CCW holder is the absolute least of your problems and would be the greatest help if some unforseen event happens. CCW holders are absolutely aware of their responsibilities and legal restrictions. That's why they have the permit.
What is being argued is that my right to carry should not be allowed, because you do not think it is right. Laws are not made to control the people who do not follow them. Someone who refuses to follow the laws will do whatever they want regardless if it is illegal to carry in a bar.
Even if you don't consume alcohol in a restaurant atmosphere with bar service, there is that chance that a patron who is consuming alcohol and causes trouble
may have an opportunity to acquire that weapon, especially if the carrier try's to help. I know this can seem like a reach, but I have worked in bars, restaurants, etc., and you would be surprised how "events can occur."
What's your take on the idea? Join the discussion here.
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee will weigh in on the topic in a story Friday on Kent Patch.