Because if there really are laws like this one in 37 states, then bartending is a far more dangerous profession today than it was 12 years ago when I was doing it.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Handguns will soon be allowed in bars and restaurants in Tennessee under a new law passed by state legislators who voted to override the governor's veto.

The legislation that takes effect July 14 retains an existing ban on consuming alcohol while carrying a handgun, and restaurant owners can still opt to ban weapons from their establishments.
One of the places I tended bar when I was in college was a dive where one of the owners was a deputy sheriff, and tough as he was, and with all the backup he had a phone call away, there's no way in hell he'd have allowed guns in his bar, not even his own. The closest thing we had to weapons in the bar was a wooden tee-ball bat, and that came out only once during an evening when I was the only worker in the place. But a gun? Not a chance.

From a purely fiscal standpoint, can you imagine what bar-owners' insurance rates must jump to if there's a shooting in their establishments, assuming their rates didn't go up simply as a result of the policy? Especially if a bystander gets popped by accident (which is more likely than any other scenario)?

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