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New Mexico backs concealed handguns in places that serve alcohol

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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257,000 have registered handgun permits in Tennessee.

The earlier article about Tennessee’s law being struck down can be read at this link.

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Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos

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Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.

CNN's Sara Sidner interviewed Enrique Tarrio, who succeeded Gavin McInnes as the chairman of the Proud Boys. The group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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