Ariz. House approves bill allowing guns in bars

2009-06-30T00:00:00Z Ariz. House approves bill allowing guns in bars Arizona Daily Star
June 30, 2009 12:00 am

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has approved a bill to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry a gun into a business that serves alcohol.

The measure has pitted powerful groups representing gun and bar owners against each other.

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.

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

The House approved the measure 40-19. It now goes back to the Senate, which has already approved a more-restrictive version that would have required a bar to serve food in order to allow guns.

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