North Carolina prides itself on being a singular state with a mind of its own. It is the southern state that sent the most men into the Confederate Army. It is the state that accidentally killed General Stonewall Jackson; who would have put Lee's army in a position to win the Battle of Gettysburg and change history. It is a state that loves hunting and fishing and an outdoor lifestyle with a strong citizens spread out between it's mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Now it is the state that allows people to conceal carry guns into bars and restaurants.
From the Huffington Post; 'North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill greatly expanding where concealed handguns are legally allowed.'
'The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants and other places where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn't expressly forbid it.'
'The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas.'
Did I mention that North Carolina is a state that has a lot of very crazy people populating its beautiful landscape!!!!!!!
I am an advocate for Second Amendment rights but this worries me. Mixing concealed weapons with alcohol is never a good idea. Human nature dictates that at some point this new law will cause a tragedy.
I see headlines like; 'Religious fanatic shoots Hooters waitress because she had an accidental nip slip' or 'Guns were drawn over an argument about the lack of chicken wings on the Pizza Hut buffet'.
There is only one thing for me to do. Shine up my holster so I look good going into the Olive Garden for that buy on take one home deal.