Does anybody seriously think this is a good idea?
Until today it was illegal, if you had a concealed carry permit, to bring your gun into a restaurant, nightclub, hotel, shopping mall, museum or bar.
One of the law’s supporters, state senator Bill Seitz, explained “An undischarged concealed weapon never hurt anybody in history. And using a gun in not allowed under this bill. All we’re saying is they can have a piece of equipment on their body.” And he quoted “a nice, middle-aged couple” who told him “It irked them to no end that when they went out to dinner that they had to leave their weapons in the car even though they didn’t drink. They didn’t like the idea of leaving their gun in the car where it easily could have been stolen by a real criminal.”
Yes, that is a provision of the new law: if you’re carrying a gun in a bar, you’re not allowed to drink. Theoretically you’re the group’s Designated Gunslinger. Of course, since nobody knows that you’re carrying a concealed weapon, there’s really nothing stopping you from drinking as much as you’d like.
And technically you can’t order drinks in a restaurant if you’re carrying, but even the law’s supporters conceded that this isn’t likely to be adhered to or enforced.
Another provision is that businesses can put up signs prohibiting guns in their establishments — but this is entirely unenforceable (how to you eject somebody carrying a gun if he doesn’t want to leave?), and puts businesses in a no-win situation.
Of course, there’s also the matter of the proposed federal law that would force states to honor other states’ carry permits: would this mean Ohio residents with permits would be allowed to carry their guns into bars anywhere in the United States? A court could rule that way.