Gun nuts in Fairfax

Group Plans to Take Guns to RestaurantsMove Is Response to N.Va. Senator’s Comments

Gun rights advocates in Virginia are up in arms. Angered by a statement from Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), members of a pro-gun group plan to take guns into restaurants in his Northern Virginia district each Saturday in April.

Tom Lisk, a lobbyist for the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, says the group might alert Fairfax County restaurants so they won’t be alarmed. “What they are planning to do is certainly legal,” Lisk said, but “they are using restaurants to advance their political and legislative agenda.”

Saslaw had said on the Senate floor that those who take guns into restaurants in urban areas are being asked to leave. Gun activists say that’s not true. Under Virginia law, people may carry guns into any of the 6,000 restaurants in the state that serve alcohol, as long as the weapons are displayed openly and not concealed. People also are allowed to take concealed weapons into the 11,000 restaurants that do not serve alcohol, as long as they have a permit.

I hope the Supreme Court permits DC to keep its ban.

3 Responses to “Gun nuts in Fairfax”

  1. 1 Seb March 24, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I don’t understand why this would be such a problem. Why would you think twice about someone carrying a gun in a holster? It is only as dangerous as the person carrying it. If they are allowed to own one, you are likely safe. If there are two or three more people with guns, you are probably even more safe. It is because you live in DC that you have accepted this dogma of guns being bad. It is the same here in Australia. People quickly praise gun control laws but rarely even know what they are, or who is or isn’t allowed to have a gun.

    NRA street interviews in DC highlight this, people either recite pro-gun or anti-gun rhetoric like a recording from the television.

    I put to you that should the DC ban be overturned this will have been forgotten by DC residents in a generation or two. Gun control is just political misdirection, this is why there are so few sincerely academic arguments in its support.

  2. 2 davidhead March 25, 2008 at 3:26 am

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  3. 3 dcblogger March 25, 2008 at 3:32 am

    no thanks

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