Welcome Back to the Wild, Wild West

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

Rational Arizonans today are surely missing former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, who left in January to become secretary of homeland security. From The Arizona Republic:

Arizonans with concealed weapons permits will be able to take a handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

That’s under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday.

It would require bar and restaurant owners who want to ban weapons to post a sign next to their liquor license. Drinking while carrying a weapon would be illegal.

The last point is a nice gesture, but it’s not unthinkable that such a law will greatly increase the likelihood that people will, in fact, drink alcohol while carrying a loaded firearm in a bar.

Opponents have said mixing guns and alcohol could cause violence, but supporters said people should be able to protect themselves at businesses that serve alcohol.

It’s a self-evidently bad idea for several reasons, not the least of which is the possibility that bartenders might be a bit more reluctant to cut off customers who have had too much if they think their patrons might be packing. It might be a good idea to keep an eye on the number of DUI-related traffic fatalities in the coming months.

It’s probably worth pointing out that as governor, Napolitano served as a check on the unique brand of wingnuttery found in the Republican-dominated Arizona state legislature, and she used her veto pen generously — including on a very similar guns-in-bars bill in 2005.

Now, with Brewer — a conservative Republican — in charge, Arizona has no voice of sanity at the top-levels of state government.

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Comments

3 Comments

Charlie
Comment posted July 14, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

Whoops. It looks like you accidentally posted your DailyKos diary on the website of a purported news organization. Is there an editor I should contact?


Guns Save Lives
Comment posted July 15, 2009 @ 11:42 am

Hey Matthew DeLong,

If you honestly believe what you have written, then I ask: Will you follow up a year from now and admit your predictions of doom and gloom never materialized? If you consider yourself to be an honest person then you will.

Time and time again for the past 25+ years people like you have predicted the exact same thing every single time when gun rights have been restored for law abiding citizens. And every single time those predictions are proved false. They have never come true, not in any State.


coyotepal
Comment posted July 24, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

What a bunch of liberal drivel. The bill clearly states that a person may carry a concealed weapon into an establishment that serves alcohol but cannot himself indulge in alcoholic beverages. Arizona has a strict enforcement on such laws and anyone caught consuming and “carrying” would be subject to arrest and charges against him/her and prison time.
As far as Napolitano is concerned, she was a huge stain on the State of Arizona and the majority were glad to see her gone. She was soft on crime, soft on illegal immigration and just used AZ as a stepping stone to a higher office. Now she is Director of Homeland Security?……God help us all. You bet we are the “old West” and one of the last bastions of freedom and one of the lowest in crime rates…….because………criminals are never sure who is protected or not. Sure, we have “liberal” gun laws” and I challenge you to come up with one incident of a responsible citizen going into a restaurant in Arizona and shooting up the place……..we leave that to the parolees and criminals, or true nutcases. Despite laws banning guns they are easily obtained by criminals and those with evil intent and I have the right to protect myself as substantiated by the Supreme Court who has upheld the 2nd Amendment..
Thanks for listening

A female gun totin' CCW permit holding Arizonan


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