Some Want To Tote Guns Into Restaurants
Some Concealed Weapons Holders Believe It's Their Right
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Many of you have probably seen a no concealed weapons or no guns allowed sign posted on several businesses like banks and businesses in the area. But lawmakers in some states are changing that law and in some areas you can now tote a pistol with your meal.
"You never know when you're going to be in a situation when you're going to need one," Jessica McIlvenny said. She's learning all about guns at the Allen Arms Shooting Range in Greenville County.
"I think in a regular restaurant it would be acceptable but when you go into like a more bar type situation, I would 't think it would be a good idea," McIlvenny said.
Recently, lawmakers in states like Arizona, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia passed laws that would allow customers with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns inside certain resturaunts as long as they didn't drink, or sit at the bar.
"It's just a recipe for disaster and you start Elmer Fudden' it boom, boom bring me my food, naw that's not a good thing," Jay Morgan, a gun owner said.
David Pantaloni is a concealed weapons instructor at the Allen Arms. He teaches how guns should and should not be used.
"The change of the law has been brought before the legislature in those states and is currently being argued in South Carolina," Pantaloni said.
He said alcohol and weapons should never mix, but would support a law in South Carolina that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry guns into restaurants.
"It's our right and not necessarily a privilege to carry a gun," he said.
Right now, it is illegal for anyone to carry a gun into a restaurant unless carrying the weapon is related to their jobs.