Austin gun shop owner says new permitless carry law will allow guns into bars that are operating as restaurants

Austin gun shop owner says new permitless carry law will allow guns into bars that are operating as restaurants

Michael Cargill said these bars can post signs prohibiting guns but must give verbal warnings. AUSTIN, Texas — A bill allowing many Texans to carry a handgun without a permit is waiting for the governor’s signature. The bill was contentious enough but, now, Central Texas Gunworks owner Michael Cargill is concerned a change during the pandemic could lead to unintended consequences for bars. "So that means the majority of bars that are on Sixth Street, starting Sept. 1, unlicensed people will be able to carry in there," he said. Cargill is referring to the bars that have transformed into restaurants after COVID-19 hit. They did it to stay in business. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved rules last year that made it easier for bars to legally operate as restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. No word how long the rules will last. A TABC spokesman said he won’t comment until the bill is signed, but Cargill said this bill will soon allow people who pass background checks to bring guns into those businesses without licenses. "Very confusing to people that are in the gun community right now. So I know it’s confusing to the people that are not in the gun community," Cargill said. As to which of these bars permitless gun owners will be able to carry their guns in is also unclear. For that, they will have to do their homework. Cargill said gun owners should visit the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s website . Click on the […]

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