The Arizona Senate passed, by a vote of 19 - 8, a law that will allow the carrying of firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Wow! While I am against the vast majority of overbearing gun control laws, I do believe this ones allows a little too much. Throughout this piece I am going to give a lot of details of why I believe in less gun control as I am sure this could possibly be the biggest arguing factor in the comments section.
Gun Control Laws by Level of Control
Permissive Open Carry States - A state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws. They permit open carry to all non-prohibited citizens without permit or license. Also open carry is lawful on foot and in a motor vehicle. These states are; Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Vermont.
Licensed Open Carry States - A state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws. They also permit open carry to all non-prohibited citizens once they have been issued a permit or license. Also open carry is lawful on foot and in a motor vehicle. These states are; Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.
These are the states with the most lenient gun laws in the U.S. They also have lower crime rates than the states with more restrictive gun laws. According to the FBI, states with right to carry laws have a 26% lower total violent crime rate, a 20% lower homicide rate, a 39% lower robbery rate, and a 22% lower aggravated assault rate than those states that do not legally allow their citizens to carry guns.
So while I completely agree with less overbearing gun control laws nationwide because it will ultimately drive the crime rate down, allowing citizens to carry a firearm into an establishment that sells alcohol sounds quite irresponsible to me. When you mix booze and guns the end result can't be pretty. Only time will tell. One more thing, Tennessee also passed a bill allowing guns to be carried into bars early in June 2009.