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Carrying into a bar?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PlayboyPenguin, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. A guy on my bowling league the other day told me that in Oregon we cannot carry firearms into a bar or restraunt that sells alcohol (he own a local bar). I have been reading our state law here in Oregon and I cannot find anything that says that to be true. I myself do not drink alcohol at all...period. So I do not see why I could not carry into a bar safely. We just go out to karaoke a couple times a week because my partner loves to sing.

    Does anyone know if this is true in Oregon/Washington? Is this common in other states?
  2. Polishrifleman

    Polishrifleman Well-Known Member

    I know you can't in Washington, adding to that I just saw it posted for the first time the other day the "The Spot" in Renton/Kent area. It even had the RCW's but I can't remember them.

    Found here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.300

    SOG/MACV Active Member

    Not true here in Oregon unless the local governing body has deemed certain areas or establishments as "weapons free zones".. I.E. downtown PDX
  4. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    I can answer as to Washington. You can carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol. You cannot carry into a bar or the bar portion of a restaurant that is marked "You must be 21 to enter."
  5. SOG,

    Are you saying Downtown PDX is a "weapons free" zone?
  6. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    In Texas you can't carry into an establishment that makes more than 51% of their income from alcohol consumed in the establishment.
    There will be a 51% sign posted.

    Also Tx went to Zero tolerance on drinking and carrying. If tested and there's ANY indication of alcohol you can lose your carry license.

    SOG/MACV Active Member

    Certain areas are,, thanks to Vera. You have to check with PD for specific areas..
  8. SOG,

    I thought the state stuate on carrying said that cities and townships cannot enact laws the counter the state law.
  9. HCfan

    HCfan Well-Known Member

    Actually, SOG is incorrect.

    Carry in Portland and Beaverton is legal. What he is referring to is open carry, which even though legal, will get you harressed and arrested by the PD.

    No city, town, community, or county can make their own gun laws. They are only able to define where and how you can discharge the weapon and an act of self defense trumps those laws.

    Please refer to the ORS 166 which will give you the law and relatively easy to comprehend.

    Also, there is nothing in the ORS that states that you may not or can not carry into a bar or a place in which alcohol is served.

    In Oregon you will find many who "know the law", up to and including sheriffs who do know the law but try to pull the wool over your eyes anyway.

    If you have any doubts as to what the ORS states, please call the AG of Oregon and get it from him, not from a board or from LEO's with an agenda.
  10. Bobo

    Bobo Well-Known Member

  11. That's interesting, such an ordinance againt concealed carry would seem to violate Oregon state law:

    166.173 Authority of city or county to regulate possession of loaded firearms in public places. (1) A city or county may adopt ordinances to regulate, restrict or prohibit the possession of loaded firearms in public places as defined in ORS 161.015.
    (2) Ordinances adopted under subsection (1) of this section do not apply to or affect: (a) A law enforcement officer in the performance of official duty.
    (b) A member of the military in the performance of official duty.
    (c) A person licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
    (d) A person authorized to possess a loaded firearm while in or on a public building or court facility under ORS 166.370. [1995 s.s. c.1 §4; 1999 c.782 §8]

    It looks like they can make their own laws about carrying, but those laws won't affect LEOs, the military, CCW pemit holders, etc.
  12. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    It's legal to carry in a bar in Idaho.

  13. SOG/MACV

    SOG/MACV Active Member

    HC is correct.. I had a brain fart when I was typing,, sorry for the confusion
  14. lwrnc1963

    lwrnc1963 Well-Known Member

    Here in Montana carrying into an establishment that serves alcohol is prohibited.
  15. countertop

    countertop Well-Known Member

    Not sure about Oregon or Washington, but here in Virginia we can carry as long as its opened (not concealed carry in bars/restaurants with liquor licenses, though as some have been known to say . . . . concealed is concealed)
  16. Bruce333

    Bruce333 Well-Known Member

    and just across the Sate line in NC, we can't carry at all (open or concealed) in anyplace that sells liquor for consumption on the premisis.[​IMG]
  17. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Not exactly relevant but for info - in PA there is no limitation to bar carry.

    That said anyone who does and drinks is being foolish, apart maybe from my one exception which might be a single light beer spread over an hour when eating as well.

    I believe if anyone is checked out when carrying then the DUI level would be used as a frame of reference.

    Does strike me as excessive, some of the bar limitations. Many of us anyways would I think (hope) not go into many bars carrying anyways - however legal - as that is one place where trouble can find us.!
  18. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member


    Seems to me that the one place where trouble can find you is where you surely should be carrying.
    I don't know about where you live, but in these parts, if it's a righteous shoot, it's good enough.

  19. rallyhound

    rallyhound Well-Known Member

    Minnesota seems to have taken a reasonable approach.
    You may carry in a bar,but if caught over .04 (half the legal limit) you are in trouble and will lose your permit..
    seems fair to me.
  20. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Why does it seem fair to you?


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