It’s hard to win on gun rights when the media just flat out refuses to characterize your issue properly.Â Virginia is considering a bill, which is eminently reasonable, that will allow concealed carry license holder to carry in restaurants licensed to serve alcohol provided they do not consume any.Â Here’s how the Roanoke Times characterizes it:
The Senate last week passed a bill, with the help of Roanoke’s Sens. John Edwards and Ralph Smith, that would allow those with permits to carry concealed guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
They must tell a designated employee they’re packing, and they must abstain from drinking or risk a misdemeanor. But who would be the wiser?
We don’t think guns and booze belong in the same building and support those establishments that ban any and all weapons from their premises. But at least with open carry, there is transparency about who is and who is not toting a weapon to happy hour.
How much more transparent can you get than having to go up and tell someone at the restaurant you’re packing heat?Â This is about as transparent as you can get.Â It’s ridiculously transparent, in fact, given that I would never have to do such a thing in most other states.Â The Roanoke Times doesn’t even consider the alternative is people leaving loaded firearms in cars where they could be stolen.Â But their coverage is at least better than the New York Times, which says:
The Senateâ€™s retreat from gun controls was compounded by its repeal of another worthy Kaine priority â€” a ban on people swaggering into bars with concealed weapons and make-my-day fantasies.
Yeah, because that’s exactly the bill that’s being proposed.Â And they wonder why they are going down the crapper.