Sunday on Beale it was fun in the sun. Where the drinks flow and the where the food comes either dry or wet.
But this weekend visitors are noticing new signs on this famous street. Tourist Joe Bazan says, "It should be up to the business owner to decide which way they wana run with that."
On Beale, the signs say it all: “Firearms are Prohibited.”
This weekend was the first weekend security and regulations were in place to enforce a new mandate banning guns on Beale. Executive Director of the Beale Street Merchants Association Onzie Horne says the security checks were in place and each night went off without a hitch, "The crowds that came to the street were happy that we instituted these measures and they were patient with us as we learn the process."
Not everyone agrees with this.
Larry Tanner says, "I think if you have a permit to conceal carry that shouldn't be allowed I believe in the 2nd amendment the right to bear arms."
Supporting the restaurant carry law they say it should be up to the patron - not the business.
Tanner says, "Were carrying legally you think that's gonna stop folks that don't have a concealed carry anyway from bringing a gun on Beale I don't think so."
What's your opinion? Is there no gun owner honest enough to admit that some people who possess the concealed carry permit get themselves in trouble around alcohol? Is it so difficult to admit that these are the people the Beale Street Merchants are trying to safeguard against? It has nothing to do with the fact that criminals don't obey the law, as Mr. Tanner says. It has everything to do with the fact that some of the law-abiding gun owners are dangerous - "some" not "most" and certainly not "all."
What do you think? The Beale Street Merchants Association is probably made up of life-long business owners who know much more about how people act in bars and restaurants than your average gun owner. Don't you think they should be able to decide?
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