Senate OKs guns in restaurants bill

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry hidden guns into restaurants that serve alcohol as long as they don't drink.

But Sen. Emmett Hanger's bill only cleared the body 24-16, three votes shy of what would be needed to overturn a veto.

Gov. Tim Kaine vetoed the bill last year, and the Senate couldn't muster the votes to overturn it. Administration officials have said Kaine likely would reject it again.

Under the legislation, those who carry a concealed weapon into a restaurant and either drink alcohol or fail to inform management that they're armed could be charged with a crime.

Currently, guns can be taken into restaurants as long as they are out in the open.

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