In a puzzling and little-reported move Friday, New Mexico’s state senate approved a law allowing residents to take concealed guns into restaurants serving wine and beer — in an effort to reduce crime.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. George Munoz, would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to take weapons into restaurants serving beer and wine. It would, however, remain illegal to bring concealed weapons into establishments with full liquor licenses.
Munoz said the law “could help reduce crime because people have handguns stolen when they leave them in a vehicle to go into a restaurant,” according to the Associated Press.
The Senate approved the bill 27-to-15. It now goes to the New Mexico House. The House declined to take up the bill last year.
A similar law passed in Tennessee, which allowed residents with handgun permits to be armed in bars and restaurants was struck down by a judge who said it was unconstitutionally vague.
Tennessee chancellor Claudia Bonnyman said the law was “fraught with ambiguity.”
In Tennessee, there’s no legal distinction between bars and restaurants. Prior to the handgun restaurant measure, the state had banned handguns in all locations where alcohol was served. The new law made an exception for restaurants, which legislators defined as”establishments that serve at least one meal on five days per week and that ‘the serving of such meals shall be the principal business conducted.'”
Attorneys argued that because the distinction between restaurants and bars was vague, citizens would be unclear as to whether they’d be violating the law by carrying a gun.
257,000 have registered handgun permits in Tennessee.
The earlier article about Tennessee’s law being struck down can be read at this link.
Walmart pulls guns from sales floors, citing civil unrest
Walmart plans to remove guns and ammunition from its sales floors in the US following unrest in Philadelphia this week, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
The retail giant will continue to sell the items to consumers who request them, but will pull them from displays. Guns and ammunition are sold at about half of US stores, primarily in locations where hunting is popular, a company spokeswoman said.
"We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers," a Walmart spokeswoman said. "These items do remain available for purchase by customers."
‘Signs of a coming conflict are everywhere’: Why a 2nd Civil War would be quite different from the 1st
In 2020, the United States has been rocked by everything from a deadly pandemic and a brutal recession to civil unrest in a long list of cities to fears that violent conflicts will occur either on Election Day or after the election. Journalist Matthew Gault, in an article published by Vice this week, wonders if the political divisions in the United States run so deep that the country is headed for another civil war.
Describing the unrest that has occurred this year, Gault writes, "People are marching in the streets, aligned with two ideologically distinct factions. Many of them, overwhelmingly from one side, are armed, and violence and death has resulted when these two sides have clashed. The signs of a coming conflict are everywhere."
‘#PerdueIsChicken’: Internet mocks ‘coward’ GOP senator for canceling debate after Ossoff destroyed him in viral video
Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff destroyed his Republican incumbent opponent so thoroughly Wednesday evening that Georgia Senator David Perdue has just canceled the third and final debate.
“It’s not just that you’re a crook, Senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent,” Ossoff told Perdue, who had little to say in response. The viral video had been watched 5 million times by Thursday morning. It's now been viewed 9.3 million times, nearly as many times as the number of people in the entire state of Georgia.