State Senator: Proposed guns-in-restaurants sidestep illegal

Friday, June 5, 2009 at 1:36pm

One day after Metro Council members filed legislation to circumvent state law and outlaw firearms where beer is served, state Sen. Doug Jackson said Tennessee code prevents local governments from regulating firearms.

At-large Councilmembers Megan Barry and Charlie Tygard filed legislation Thursday aimed at outlawing guns in Davidson County bars and restaurants. The legislation would use the beer board as a tool to make outlawing firearms a condition of a permit.

But in a press release sent Friday, Jackson said Tennessee code specifically puts regulation of firearms outside the purview of local government.

Quoting from Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1314(a): "No city, county, or metropolitan government shall occupy any part of the field of regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or combination thereof ..."  

Jackson (D-Dickson) said the recently passed law allowing guns in restaurants and bars already gives owners the right to post signs outlawing them.

"There is no need to remove options from restaurant owners or interfere with the rights of law-abiding citizens by revoking beer permits and punishing restaurants,” Jackson said.

Barry said the point of the Council legislation is to outlaw guns in bars and restaurants without establishment owners being forced to post signs.

“The last thing we want to do is bring someone in from out of town and every place you go, you see ‘No guns, no guns, no guns,’” Barry said. “I would prefer to not have to see our restaurant folks spending lots of money buying signs. Beer and guns don’t mix.”
 

4 Comments on this post:

By: PromosFriend on 6/5/09 at 12:43

.........Barry said. “I would prefer to not have to see our restaurant folks spending lots of money buying signs. Beer and guns don’t mix.”

Now that is a really doofus thing to say. What would it cost, a couple of bucks per sign X maybe 4 or 5 signs? Think of the economic stimulus that could create for sign makers (tongue in cheek here). And, it is true that beer (or any alcoholic beverage) and guns do not mix. All responsible gun owners know that. But, what part of the law that says that concealed carry patrons cannot consume alcohol does Barry not understand?

By: slzy on 6/5/09 at 1:02

if you are a gun owner,and the joint is posted,turn around.

why such a big deal about guns in bars,but no concern for illegal aliens in Davidson county,?

By: dogmrb on 6/5/09 at 6:09

Senator Jackson's D is for Dixiecrat, not Democrat.

By: TN4th on 6/8/09 at 2:33

By: PromosFriend on 6/5/09 at 1:43
But, what part of the law that says that concealed carry patrons cannot consume alcohol does Barry not understand?

Ummmm...... the same part that says drivers cannot drink and drive? That works so well, let's try it with an even more deadly device.