Less than a month after a judge threw out a law allowing anyone with a state handgun carry permit to take their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, a state senator is making another run at the issue.
Sen. Doug Jackson, the Dickson Democrat who sponsored the original bill, said he plans to file legislation that would allow handgun carry permit holders to take their guns into restaurants and bars that are licensed to sell liquor by the drink. The legislation, which is being reviewed by Senate staff attorneys before it can be filed, would not apply to places that serve beer only.
The measure promises to revive a passionate statewide debate that landed in a Davidson County court earlier this year. Supporters said the earlier law could deter criminals from shooting someone in a restaurant, while critics said guns and alcohol don't mix and that business could be hurt.
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