NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Senate has voted 22-10 to once again override the governor's veto of a bill to allow handgun carry permit holders to bring weapons into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants.
Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen last week vetoed the guns bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson of Dickson on the basis that "guns and alcohol don't mix." The House had passed the bill on a 66-31 vote, while the Senate approved it by a 23-9 margin.
The measure would apply to the state's 270,000 handgun carry permit holders. Bar and restaurant owners would maintain the power to ban all weapons from their establishments.
My understanding is that the courts ruled last year that the bill was too vague because of the language that attempted to distinguish between bars and resturants which serve alcohol.
The corrective bill this year removed all such language, so carrying will be permitted in any establishment which serves alcohol.
Establishments wishing to opt out must post notice on doors.