A Nashville judge overturned a “guns in bars” bill passed last session that allowed people with handgun carry permits to carry into restaurants that serve alcohol, calling the law too vague to be enforced. The decision is expected to be appealed.
Meanwhile, sponsors of the bill are studying possible amendments to the law and passing it again this upcoming session. In the meantime, a tax on gun permits is being discussed as a revenue measure.
Now some legislators, angry about the ruling, are being urged by gun rights advocates to pass a Vermont “carry” law. In Vermont, if you are not a felon and you are over 16 years of age, you can carry a gun and no permit is required. No expensive class, no permit fee, no state records. You just carry a gun wherever you want.
Cooler heads are expected to prevail and a revision of the existing law is more likely.