The state's restaurant and bar owners have made no secret of their opposition to Tennessee's guns-in-bars law, saying the prospect of armed patrons, or a sign keeping guns out of an establishment, is bad for business.
Now, the leaders of the Nashville and Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureaus are saying the law has hurt local tourism efforts, claiming that other cities are using the guns-in-bars measure to lure visitors away from Tennessee.
"It's probably the single biggest issue people write and talk about when they're considering coming here," said Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We had international press, and we have gotten letters from visitors who literally have canceled plans to visit."
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