With only one day before the controversial guns-in-bars legislation takes effect, an opposition group that seeks an injunction to stop the law will have its day in court today.
A coalition consisting of Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn, a group of local servers and the attorney representing the regional Alcoholic Beverage Team, will have its legal challenge heard in Chancery Court by Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman at 1:30 p.m. today.
Opponents say the new law – which allows permit holders to carry weapons in places serving alcohol provided they are not consuming any alcoholic beverages – claim it would act as a “state created danger” and would unfairly put servers at risk when they are at work.
The lawsuit, filed against Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper, seeks an injunction to stop the law from being enacted.
Filed late last week was a brief by Nashville attorney Will Cheek, who represents alcohol-serving establishments throughout the Southeast. Cheek’s brief states that the Tennessee code governing beer and alcohol licenses is so vague that the typical gun carry permit holder would not know in which establishments guns would be allowed.
Restaurants have the right to post signs banning guns.