More States Allowing Guns in Restaurants and Bars

The New York Times reports on a growing trend in the United States where more states are allowing guns in restaurants and bars, where alcohol is served.

Tennessee is one of four states, along with Arizona, Georgia and Virginia, that recently enacted laws explicitly allowing loaded guns in bars. Eighteen other states allow weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol. The new laws have also brought to light the status of 20 other states — Massachusetts and New York among them — that do not address the question, thereby appearing by default to allow those with permits to carry guns into establishments that serve alcohol, according to the Legal Community Against Violence, a non-profit group that promotes gun control and tracks state gun laws.