Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bartenders: Please Stop Serving Jerry Kilgore-He's Had One Too Many, Says Brady Campaign

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- If Jerry Kilgore has his way, the phrase, "a shot and a beer" could get a whole new meaning.

Kilgore said yesterday that if he's elected governor, he'll embrace a proposal by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) to broaden the state's concealed weapons laws to allow guns in bars and restaurants. He said it on the "Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett" show on Richmond news radio station WRVA.

The bar and restaurant industry in Virginia and many other states strongly oppose allowed concealed weapon permit holders to carry concealed handguns into bars.

"Somebody ought to tell Mr. Kilgore that encouraging people to bring firearms into bars is like encouraging people to pour gasoline into a fire," said Mike Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "It's a stupid, stupid idea -- and that's why bar owners are so adamantly opposed."

VCDL is perhaps best known for organizing "open carry days" where its members gather in large groups and bring their firearms into family restaurants, parks, and other public places.

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