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Bill to allow concealed carry in restaurants that serve liquor clears committee

A bill that would allow concealed weapons in establishments that sell liquor for consumption on-site cleared the House Business and Industry Committee on a 6-4 vote.

A committee substitute was introduced by the sponsor, Rep. Zach Cook, R-Ruidoso, that made it apply to restaurants that serve alcohol but not in full-service bars. The law would allow restaurants to post signs that say weapons were not allowed.

The bill also clarified that those who have concealed weapons would not be able to drink alcohol while carrying their concealed weapons.

Already, there is a section of the law that says, “No person shall carry a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

The law also currently allows concealed carry in restaurants that serve beer and wine — but not full-service bars or restaurants that serve hard liquor.

The bill pitted the two NRAs against each other — the National Rifle Association was in support of Cook’s bill while the National Restaurant Association opposed the move.

“We feel this type of legislation places an additional burden upon the server,” a National Restaurant Association representative said.

In the fiscal impact report, the Department of Public Safety says there was little need for such a law.

DPS also states there is no justifiable reason for a concealed carry permit holder to believe that his or her need for armed self-defense is heightened in a bar, due to the fact that most such establishments are already well-accustomed to effectively handling conflicts with customers and have hired and trained staff (security officers and bouncers) to deal with the problems.

The two major changes to the bill were suggested by DPS.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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One Response to "Bill to allow concealed carry in restaurants that serve liquor clears committee"

  1. CWP Holder says:

    Why should the fact that liquor is present be a condition for not carrying? Every responsible concealed carry permit holder knows better than to drink and shoot.

    But what cracks me up is the fact that the NRestaurantA thinks it will put a “burden on the server”? Really? _Concealed_ carry means that no one should know that people are packing. So, how, tell me… Would it put a burden on the server? That argument is just grasping at straws.