I am absolutely done reading another article, post, or subsequent comment on the issue of guns in bars, parks, restaurants, dry-cleaners, etc.
The issue has nothing to do with gun rights, or safety. There hasn’t been anything new written about it in years. Not a single fresh perspective.
If, by some miracle, the whole bill is struck down, and the State does not allow concealed weapons in these places, or, cities or counties or individual merchants opt out en masse, I have a solution for those of you truly concerned for your family’s safety: DO IT ANYWAY.
I have a Walther PPK. It is a nice gun. Small enough to tuck in my pocket, but fires a slug that should stop anyone not under the influence of PCP. If I am going somewhere I feel remotely threatened, I carry it. I don’t tell the Concierge at the hotel I’m staying in, nor do I feel compelled to slip my waitress a note informing her I’m packing heat. I don’t brandish it, I don’t talk about it, it is just there, like my cell phone or car keys.
You know what? If I feel the need to draw it and fire, I’ll take my chances with a jury. I seriously don’t foresee an scenario wherein I am busted for carrying it, except in a life threatening situation. I’ve never been frisked in a restaurant, or a park. When I used to commute regularly, I kept it in the car. I still do when I travel. I have been doing this for over 30 years without incident.
Please don’t tell me about obeying the law. That, IMO, is a black/white position. You either obey ALL State laws, or you have no credible argument. And nobody does.
* Apologies to Nike.