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Drinking while carryiing. What's the best policy?

  • Zero Tolerance is best. Guns are more dangerous than cars.

    Votes: 139 66.5%
  • Laws should be more like DUI laws. Cars are deadly weapons, too.

    Votes: 70 33.5%
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I know what the law says. Pretty much zero tolerance. You can't drink any alcohol while carrying.

I am going out tonight. First to watch the Auburn Tigers hopefully beat Virginia in the Chick fil A bowl. Then I will most likely find myself at a house party with my girl and a few of our friends. While I will be driving, at least to and from wherever we watch the game, I anticipate that I will be having a beer or two during the course of the evening.

So, I must make a choice.

1) protect myself, and don't have even one drink
2) leave the heater at home and be free to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two
3) break the law and do both

What are your feelings on the no drinking while carrying laws? Should it be zero tolerance? or more like the DUI laws?

I feel like the zero tolerance policy is there to appease the people that don't carry, and/or those that are opposed to carry. I'm not too happy about making this choice tonight, as I think there is an elevated risk on nights like tonight when everyone stays out late, and the cops are preoccupied with DUI's.
 

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The laws pretty much suck. But they are the laws. You can only make one of the choices you mention. Regardless of what choice you make, you have to be willing to live with and accept the consequences.
 

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I quit drinking over 35 yrs ago.. So I am boring but carrying and aware of the happenings around me. I automatically become the designated driver.... Problem is I don't do stupid drunks very well!!!
BE SAFE AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEARS,,,
 

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The laws are different for every state.

My feelings is that if you want to carry a gun then you should be responsible enough to not drink.You're carrying a weapon that could kill someone, including yourself, friends, family, etc. You should maintain a clear mind in order to use it appropriately.
 

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The laws are different for every state.

My feelings is that if you want to carry a gun then you should be responsible enough to not drink.You're carrying a weapon that could kill someone, including yourself, friends, family, etc. You should maintain a clear mind in order to use it appropriately.
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What are your feelings on the no drinking while carrying laws? Should it be zero tolerance? or more like the DUI laws?
I voted one way(zero tolerance)....but this is the hardest thing to figure out...How do you protect yourself and still have a beer..the more i ponder on it the more i think it should be like DUI laws..:confused:

The problem with drinking is it CAN make people stupid when done in excess. Each person handles alcohol in a different way..For me, i have maybe 2 beers a year..and i know that i get lightheaded on just one, so for me it is not a option...some people can handle more and not even bother them..that is a question that only that person can answer when the time comes...This is a night that i would want to go heeeled if i went somewhere:guns:

Man..I just dont have a answer on this..Good luck on this poll..I hope people post some serious replies...i am curious myself;)
 

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No drinking and carrying, just to dangerous, and if I were you I would carry tonight, of all nights because your correct in the fact that no telling what you can run into!! Be careful and Wise!!!
 

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Back when I enjoyed going out we did the carry thing like driving. He or she that drove carried, I had a gun stolen from the car while eating and having a drink. Gun was never recovered, last time I drank in a public place. Did not figure one drink was worth a gun. I understand being a lot younger, wanting to get out and have fun with others. I have not just watched others but been guilty of having more than I should. Before I got to that point I had no business driving or carrying. Life is full of tough choices, hopefully age helps make them easier.
 

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I voted no drinking and carrying although I don't drink anymore and cannot carry in our Socialist state. My reasoning is that you may be perfectly justified in using your firearm to defend yourself and kill an attacker ( a "good" shoot ) and will subject yourself to undue and/or extreme penalties and/or liabilities if it is discovered that you had been drinking. There is probably a good chance that the LE authorities and the attorney for the perpetrator will discover that you had a drink.
 

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Do what I have done carry a couple good knives and learn how to use them. Vary deadly and unexpected as they are not just front pocket clip knives. But real fighting knives. I've spent 35 years studying the art so don't think it can be learned by watching one video.

Do to my handicap and some meds I take I don't carry much anymore. And can't drink. But hey with some of the flashbacks to the 70's I can be kind of entertaining.
 
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I voted no drinking and carrying although I don't drink anymore and cannot carry in our Socialist state. My reasoning is that you may be perfectly justified in using your firearm to defend yourself and kill an attacker ( a "good" shoot ) and will subject yourself to undue and/or extreme penalties and/or liabilities if it is discovered that you had been drinking. There is probably a good chance that the LE authorities and the attorney for the perpetrator will discover that you had a drink.
Great point...I did not think of that..thanks for that refresher...;)

good replies so far
 

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Well I don't drink much anymore however if I do have so much as a single drink the gun gets put up period. In my opinion they don't work well together regardless.
 

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Mine goes in the lock box in the car and stays there if I decide to stop someplace and have a couple of beers. Comes out when I get home.
 

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I guess for me it would be zero tolerance as well. The way I look at it is, if you drink you might as well not even bother to carry. Your judgement is likely to be off AND like Czechbikr pointed out, even if you are 'ok' and have to use your firearm to protect yourself, It'll be hard to justify it if you've been drinking.
 

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Louisiana gives us a .05-limit, but I don't and carry. Just don't think it's a good mix.

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In some states if you are stopped for possibly being drunk while driving and they find a lock box with a loaded or unloaded weapon they can charge you with carrying a weapon while intoxicated. Just not smart to drink and carry or drink and drive. I dont drive if I have a sip of my wifes wine at dinner.
 
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