NM law OKs guns in some liquor-serving restaurants


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84B20
March 10, 2010, 06:06 PM
Posted at: 03/10/2010 2:54 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY, The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law.

Gov. Bill Richardson signed the measure on Wednesday. It takes effect in July.
Even with the change, it will remain illegal to take a concealed weapons into a bar or a restaurant with a full liquor license.

Richardson ordered the Department of Public Safety to change its licensing regulations for concealed handguns to prohibit people from drinking alcohol while carrying their concealed weapon. The governor wants the Legislature to make that part of state law.

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TIMC
March 10, 2010, 06:25 PM
Arizona passed a similar law last year. Texas had the law for many years with the 51% rule. I think the big difference is in Arizona you can even carry in liquer a bar as long as you are not drinking.

JHK94
March 10, 2010, 06:26 PM
^^that is correct, unless there is a sign posted prohibiting firearms.

84B20
March 10, 2010, 06:31 PM
Arizona passed a similar law last year. Texas had the law for many years with the 51% rule. I think the big difference is in Arizona you can even carry in liquer a bar as long as you are not drinking.

That really makes more sense. All they have to do is say you can't drink and carry. The idea restricting it to a percentage doesn't make sense to me. But what do you expect, they're politicians.

Larry Ashcraft
March 10, 2010, 06:33 PM
In Colorado, you can carry into a bar, restaurant or liquor store. Signs carry no force of law. You can even drink while carrying. You can't, however, carry while intoxicated.

84B20
March 10, 2010, 07:18 PM
In Colorado, you can carry into a bar, restaurant or liquor store. Signs carry no force of law. You can even drink while carrying. You can't, however, carry while intoxicated.

That is basically the same in Texas. The problem is the term intoxicated. In Texas, and probably other states the level of alcohol that determines intoxication will very. Only one drink can be considered intoxication there. At least that is what my Texas CHL instructor indicated. He said just don't drink and carry, that is the safe thing to do.

hso
March 10, 2010, 08:12 PM
The percentage rules have to do with the state definition of bars vs. taverns/restaurants. While it seems silly the 51% rule means you can't carry a gun in a "bar", but you can in a place that serves enough food to make most of it's money on the food.

NMGonzo
March 10, 2010, 08:23 PM
No one ever asks me if I am armed when I go to my usual restaurants.

I guess the owner does not have an opinion one way or another.

No sign either.

wishin
March 10, 2010, 08:46 PM
The percentage rules have to do with the state definition of bars vs. taverns/restaurants. While it seems silly the 51% rule means you can't carry a gun in a "bar", but you can in a place that serves enough food to make most of it's money on the food.
This is the case in Georgia. While you can carry in a restaurant that derives less than 50% of its revenues from alcohol, you still can't indulge.

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