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Arizona Restaurant Carry Bill Defeated

Apparently one of the bill’s sponsors switched at the last minue and voted no.  The bill tied 14-14 in the Senate.  This passed before, and was vetoed by Napolitano, so it will probably pass at some point.  Hopefully before NRA goes back to Phoenix.

8 Responses to “Arizona Restaurant Carry Bill Defeated”

  1. mac says:

    The bill’s sponsor voted No in order to be able to bring it back up when there were more senators in attendance. I sent an email to my state senator thanking her and urging continued support of this bill.

    NRA blurb:
    Due to absences on the Senate floor earlier today that could have resulted in the death of Senate Bill 1113, State Senator Jack Harper (R-4) voted against his own bill, which in turn allows him to bring it up for reconsideration. SB 1113 would enable concealed weapons permit holders to carry concealed handguns in restaurants that serve alcohol, provided they are not consuming. This important self-defense reform could now be brought back up at anytime, even as early as this afternoon.

  2. I’ve called both the non-voting senators (one of which was mine), and one who was previously for it and switched his promised vote to a “nay”. I was told “the Senator doesn’t like some language that would allow guns in bars.”

    I simply replied, “It would still be illegal to drink while armed. It doesn’t legalize any sort of foolish behavior. Now I’m not in his district, but his vote is infringing on my self-protection. Pass the bill.”

    We’ll see…

  3. Sebastian says:

    It’s relatively funny to me that so much fuss can be had over something so trivial. In Pennsylvania, if you legally own one, and have a license to carry, you can legally walk up to a bar carrying a 9mm submachine gun under your coat and get as drunk off your ass as you want.

    Not that I would recommend such an activity, but the point is that there’s no law against it, and, surprise, people tend to be responsible.

  4. mac says:

    Sebastian,
    I totally agree. Then again, PA doesn’t have near the number of liquor-serving establishments per capita because of its screwed-up liquor licensing laws. At least that’s the way it was back in the late 90’s. I haven’t kept up. There is no accounting for what weird ideas have made their way into each state’s legal code.

    The only forbidden weapon (not explosives) in the AZ code is nunchaku. You’re only allowed to carry while traveling to/from a martial arts event. Apparently the Nijitsu code of honor forbids them from violating local laws concerning ancient weapons that are more likely to damage the wielder than opponent.

  5. Sebastian says:

    Funny, a post just went up about that.

  6. Link P says:

    You aren’t allowed to carry concealed while intoxicated in Idaho, but consumption in and of itself while carrying concealed is not prohibited. I agree that the whole controversy is ridiculous.

    Boise had a recent instance of a CWP holder fatally shooting someone in an altercation after leaving a bar. He has been charged in the death, but has plead not-guilty by reason of self-defense. Even if he winds up being found guilty, I don’t see that as adequate cause to rally for prohibitive legislation regarding consumption and concealed carry. As you pointed out, people tend to be responsible.

  7. Spokavriel (Daniel Thomas Stack) says:

    NRAnews just had an interview showing that the reason the vote was shifted to No was so that the bill could be brought back up for reconsideration. A vote that could have happened as soon as an hour before I make this post. I haven’t seen any more recent news yet. Cam and Company should say if it really did pass, get defeated or if they manage to delay again to keep it alive in this session.

  8. Sebastian says:

    Yeah… that’s the news I’m hearing too. I will do an update once I get word as to whether or not it passed.

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