- Require restaurants to hire armed guards to protect patrons if they allow firearms.
- Establish a fund to pay injured bystanders (He says that police have 10%-30% accuracy and that a handgun permit holder cannot do any better).
- Requires establishments to card every person entering for the purpose of verifying their ages.
- "This amendment speaks to the one day of the week when we should all be thinking about something other than firearms, whether its for defense or for offense." Would not allow people to carry in restaurants on Sundays (so families "don't have to worry about a shootout in their favorite restaurant").
- Makes carrying a firearm in a restaurant while drinking a Class A felony. (He even says there have never been any violations of this law, but because more people have permits, people will start drinking and carrying).
Rep. Miller (D-Memphis):
LEOs will conduct random searches of patrons between 11pm and 5am to determine if they are unlawfully carrying a firearm. Must be done 6 times per year at each establishment.
Rep. Naifeh (D-Covington) wants restaurants to post that they serve carry permit holders. Wants handguns to be checked with the barman after 11pm. Says that most sheriffs and chiefs of police are against the bill. Says the restaurant association doesn't like the bill.
Rep. Johnson (R-Pegram) said that the criminals are already carrying and drinking, so let the law abiding citizens protect themselves.
Rep Miller says that this bill implies that handgun carry permit holders will think that they are taking on the duties of law enforcement. Says that this bill is not the end; it's only the beginning (Let's hope he's right here!). Says that people who used to get drunk and leave in a car will now be drunk and leaving with a weapon and that "we'll be giving them everything they want now."
Rep Cobb (R-Spring City) doesn't support the bill because people will be drinking at restaurants, and in their drunken state will steal firearms from sober permit holders.
Rep. Moore (D-Joelton) says that he's a fireman/emt and has never responded to someone being shot by a permit holder. Says that if people drink and carry, they are already breaking the law. Says that handgun permit holders are not required to act as LEOs.
Rep. Watson (R-Watson) says that no sheriff spoke against the bill in committee (they were present) and that his sheriff doesn't oppose it. Says that he's made hundreds of arrests, none of them involving a handgun permit holder. Told a story about a state trooper that was attacked by 2 people when he discovered dope on a third person. A handgun permit holder pulled over and saved him.
Rep. Bell (R-Riceville) says that this bill is more strict than most states [who allow persons to drink and carry]. Says that people being able to drink and carry hasn't been a problem in other states, and this bill doesn't even allow them to drink.
Rep. Favors (D-Chattanooga) says that a "restaurant is a place where you would go with your family expecting to not have to be concerned about someone CARRYING PISTOLS! (her emphasis, not mine). Says that we will be very sorry if we pass this bill. Talks about a family member carrying his shotgun down the street (Note: Rep behind her is clearly confused why she is bringing up shotgun in a handgun law).
Rep. Hardaway says that the typical permit holder will be less accurate than police officers. His logic is that if permit holders were more accurate than police officers, then police officers wouldn't be required to go through handgun training. (I kid you not. See 1.28.00 in the video)