Starting Wednesday, those carrying concealed weapons are allowed to enter Arizona's roughly 5,300 establishments licensed to sell alcohol, as long as they don't drink. If those bar and restaurant owners don't want guns on the property, they must post a sign indicating that they are not allowed.
The law only requires one sign be posted in a "conspicuous" place, near the establishment's liquor license. But Al McCarthy, owner of Duke's Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsdale, put up three signs - one for each entrance to his property - "as soon as the bill passed" nearly three months ago."I want to make sure there's no confusion as to where this business stands on the issue," McCarthy said. "I have yet to have a customer to tell me they wish I hadn't put up the sign."
The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control reported that about 1,000 official laminated signs have been ordered. Others have been downloaded and printed for free from the department's web site.
Of course, not all bar and restaurant owners agree with Al McCarthy. Some feel "the presence of those carrying guns legally could deter trouble from those carrying guns illegally."
What's your opinion? Is the idea of good guys with guns outnumbering bad guys with guns a good approach? Wouldn't you expect that to lead to ever-escalating violence? Is it reasonable to think the good guys would win and put the bad guys out of business? And what about the peripheral damage? What about the increase in shootouts that would occur and all the stray bullets flying around? What about the misuse of guns during fights and brawls? What about the famous 10% of lawful gun owners who for one reason or another shouldn't have guns in the first place?
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