“Standing outside Wrigley Field, with the many bars and restaurants of Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood as a backdrop, Quinn urged voters to call their legislators and tell them to support tougher restrictions he wrote into the [concealed carry] bill, including a ban on guns in any place that serves alcohol,” stltoday.com reprots. “He said he wants places like Wrigleyville – where hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to see the historic ball field, catch a Cubs game and down a few beers – to remain safe and welcoming to tourists.” You’d kinda think legal concealed carry would help that effort, especially on the individual level. But then, that’s you. Governor Quinn reckons “allowing” guns in Illinois bars is “a prescription for violence and disaster.” The paper managed to scare-up a Land of Lincoln restauranteur who agrees that it’s all or nothing on concealed carry in businesses that serve alcohol, erring on the side of nothing. . .
Glenn Keefer, managing partner of Keefer’s restaurant in Chicago [above] and a board member of the lllinois Restaurant Association, said Friday the provision that allows guns in some but not all places that serve alcohol is “illogical.” [ED: wait for it. . . ] He said the restaurant association supports Quinn’s change because as currently written the law would require some bars and restaurants to post signs telling customers guns aren’t allowed. Those signs are often invisible to guests, Keefer said.
“Consistent rules are better,” he said.
He also said he worries an employee or a guest may have a confrontation with an intoxicated patron who is carrying a loaded gun.
Hey, worrying’s good. But it’s slightly less worrying if you’re armed. Know what I mean?