Senate Passes 'Guns In Bars' Bill

Feb 20, 2014

The Ky. Senate has passed a bill that would allow concealed deadly weapons to be carried into barsĀ  by non-imbibing patrons.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, says that while the bill strictly prohibits those carrying concealed weapons from drinking, the bill does not contain a provision that would allow a bartender to know whether a patron is concealing a weapon.

Opponents of the measure, such as Democratic Sens. Reggie Thomas of Lexington and Morgan McGarvey of Louisville, say that while some of the bill's clauses on gun safety training are admirable, they are concerned about alcohol and gun safety.

The bill passed out of the Senate on a 30-4 vote.