More States Shoot for Guns in Bars
Move triggers heated debate
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2010 4:00 AM CDT
In Tennessee, licensed handgun owners won the right to carry their weapons into bars, but many bars have since decided to keep gun bans in place.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – Mixing guns and alcohol may seem like a bad idea, but more American states are now allowing people to carry registered guns in bars and restaurants, finds the New York Times. Four states—Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia and Georgia—have recently made it legal to carry a loaded weapon in a bar. It was already legal in 18 others. Supporters say it's a constitutional right, detractors say it's just plain stupid.

In Tennessee, the move was championed by GOP state Representative Curry Todd. “Folks were being robbed, assaulted—it was becoming an issue of personal safety,” he said. “The police aren’t going to be able to protect you." Of course many disagree. Allowing guns in bars simply "opens the door to trouble," one bar patron countered. "It’s giving you the right to be Wyatt Earp.” (Click here to read about the use of American guns in Mexico's drug wars.)