…to allow a concealed carry licensee who is not consuming liquor and is not under the influence to carry a concealed handgun in a retail food establishment or food service operation with any class liquor permit issued for the location.
This bill would make it legal for conceal carry permit holders to bring their loaded weapons into restaurants, regardless of liquor permits. The bill as proposed would require restaurant owners to enforce that those holders not consume any alcohol and that, when they enter their establishments, they not be under the influence of alcohol.
I don’t recognize any of the co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans, as being from the Cleveland or NE Ohio area, but I have not checked each one:
The bill has been assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security committee, and is co-sponsored by Reps. John Adams (R), Ron Amstutz (R), Terry Blair (R), Courtney Combs (R), Dave Hall (R), Matt Huffman (R), Shannon Jones (R), Kris Jordan (R), Ron Maag (R), Ross McGregor (R), Barbara Sears (R), Todd Snitchler (R), Joe Uecker (R), Lynn Wachtmann (R), Jeff Wagner (R) and James Zehringer (R).>
The members of the Public Safety Committee are listed here (there currently is no Chair due to Eugene Miller’s resignation and move to Cleveland City Council to replace Roosevelt Coats).
If you’ve got an opinion on this bill (pro or con), there are all the folks you can start with.
This morning, I spoke with the statehouse person in charge of keeping up with committee assignments and, after the conversation, was left with the impression that it’s very unlikely that this bill is going to go anywhere anytime soon since the budget is consuming the legislature, there’s no chair and the bill is unlikely to be set for a hearing if there’s no chair, though the vice-chair apparently could do that.
Regardless, I emailed my state rep and asked him to please research what reaction restaurant industry people – including the excellent folks with the Cleveland Independents (whom I also wrote, asking for comment on the bill) – as well as patrons from our district, the 17th, have in regard to this proposal.
What’s your reaction?