Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:16 PM
The House backed a proposal to let people carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol. It would eliminate a current ban. The measure (House Bill 48) by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, was approved in a 62-24 vote and heads to the Senate for debate. Burns described the proposal as a gun rights issue. Opponents said it goes too far and undermines safety. When it was introduced, Burns' bill dealt only with law enforcement officers. It was amended in committee to include anyone with a concealed weapons permit.