Tenn. Senate passes new version of guns in bars

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Permit owners could once again bring their handguns into establishments that serve alcohol under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate voted 23-9 to approve the measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson of Dickson. A similar law was declared unconstitutionally vague by a Nashville judge last year.

The bill would maintain an existing prohibition on drinking alcohol while carrying a gun and violators would face a 3-year suspension of their permit.

The measure is opposed by law enforcement, prosecutors and restaurant groups.

The Senate bill does not include a provision in the House version that would effectively exclude bars from the measure. A House vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Read SB3012 at http://capitol.tn.gov

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