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As a patron, and previous employee, of several alcohol serving establishments in the Knoxville area, I have mixed feelings on the whole gun carry in bars concept. I can offer argument for and against both sides. Legally, I think that the ground has already been covered by the choice of owners of said places to post signs declaring the establishment to prohibit the carry at their business. That takes care of the legal side. No, I don't want a shoot out at the Long Branch, but I'm not a target to go around defensless either. As for this law being “fraught with ambiguity” I'd like to invite Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman to take a look at the helmet law in this state also. That I suppose is another subject. Smoking to is another subject, but in the face of all the goings on about it, I have thought about opening a bar myself lately wherein all employees and patrons must be smokers to gain entry. Smoke on that a while Nashville. The thing about the law here though, and the logic behind it, was that people should be able to defend themselves against the over agressive actions of others. To that end, "law abiding citizens" are at a loss. No matter what the law says, on any given night, in any bar in town, somebody is subject to be "armed". Be it by intent or not, and whether it is known or not by any other customers in the building, it happens. Only when the bullets start to fly do others start getting upset about it. The question, to me anyway, isn't to allow or not to allow, yet to remain aware and responsible for my own actions or not.
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