Arizona is debuting today a law that will allow patrons to carry a gun in a bar with the caveat that they are not allowed to drink. Of course the whiners are screaming to the top of their lung about the sure mass killings that will happen because of this ‘stupid’ law. The fact that 41 states have some sort of law allowing legally armed patrons to attend places that serve alcohol and we haven’t seen any incidents does not seem to compute with the nay-sayers. Not too long ago Tennessee approved a similar law and we haven’t heard of any mass killings. Florida allows people to carry concealed in restaurants that serve alcohol without any restriction about drinking and in all these years, no shootouts have occurred. Even so, many owners in Arizona, following the steps of other states’ bars and eateries were quick to post a No Guns Allowed signs (A.K.A. Gun Free Zone sign, A.K.A. Victim Ready Local)
The funny thing is that after the initial hysterical period after the law is enacted, Arizona Bar owners will probably follow their counterparts in the other states by removing the Gun Free Zone signs. Why? Because they realize they were uninformed about the level of responsibility with which the average concealed weapon carrier behaves and most important, they will see a lack of money in their cash registers. We Law Abiding Citizens who carry are very ornery about places that order us to disarm and become victims: we just do not patronize them. The smart owners will keep their places open to all and some like Joe’s BBQ in Wikieup, Az will actually give customers carrying a gun a 10% discount (hat tip to Oleg Volk.) Now that is smart marketing and keeping you place of business safe from critters looking for an easy score….like a Gun Free Zone.