Should Evanston Ban Concealed Weapons in Restaurants?

The Chicago City Council is considering banning concealed weapons in all establishments that serve alcohol. Should Evanston follow suit?

Written by Emily Stone.

Chicago alderman are considering a ban on concealed weapons in city restaurants that serve alcohol, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

The proposal is a reaction to the new state-wide concealed carry law, that includes a ban on concealed weapons in bars and restaurants that get more than 50 percent of their sales from liquor. The proposal in Chicago would extend that ban to all establishments that serve liquor, according to CBS Chicago. 

What do you think? Should Evanston consider a similar ban on concealed weapons in all places that serve alcohol? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
jim September 10, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Nope. Seems the "GUN FREE ZONES" were given as part of the reason the mass shooters felt they had easy pickings
Sally September 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Yes please. Booze and guns do not mix.
Joe Flint September 11, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Yes. Why does anyone need to bring a gun into a restaurant? I agree with Sally, too. Alcohol can heighten emotional responses and impair judgment. Why add guns to the equation?
Jordan S. Zoot September 11, 2013 at 08:07 AM
The City Council does NOT have the right to ban concealed carry in restaurants....there is a state preemption. An individual restaurant can ban firearms and then a person can choose to patronize the restaurant or not as a personal choices. If the establishment's sales are > 50% from booze, then firearms are prohibited under state law. THe City of Chicago is seeking to end run the state law by attacking the rule through the Zoning or Liquor Control since they ARE PROHIBITED FROM LEGISLATING AROUND FIREARMS. The NRA, SAF and ISRA are circling the Chicago ordinance and if enacted they will litigate. Evanston doesn't need any more litigation. Further, the history in 49 other states demonstrates that there hasn't been a problem with alcohol as most CCL permit holders don't take a chance by getting intoxicated. as it could cost them their permit. Joe Flint whether I NEED a gun in a restaurant or not isn't up for debate...its my RIGHT. Finally...if you are interested in how well gun free zones work in restaurants you might want to read this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luby's_massacre. I for one will NOT patronize any restaurant that seeks to restrict my rights under the 2A and judging from the level of sign up activity I am having for CCL classes there are going to be lots more Evanston residents with CCL permits than the Libritards seem to be expecting.
Jim September 11, 2013 at 09:03 AM
As one wag has said,"disarming yourself in our society is like having yourself castrated because you believe other people are having too many children". Why not wait until CCL has been implemented for a year or two, evaluate the gun crime rate with and then make appropriate changes. If gun violence increases in alcoholic environs, by all means prevent CC in those places. Otherwise it is just the anti-gun festish of the libitards as Zoot calls them.
Jordan S. Zoot September 11, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Jim...CCL is prohibited in bars and taverns under the law. If a restaurant serves beer and wine with dinner and less than 50% of gross receipts are from liqour....I would hardly call that an "alcoholic environment". If you serve a glass of wine or a beer with dinner in your home is that an alcoholic environment. Further, the attempt to ban is quite a bit different from an "anti-gun fetish"...rather it is a deliberate attempt to discriminate against the constitution al rights of firearm owners. It is the same thing as going back to drinking fountains and washrooms being "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" on the basis of race. And yes....I am dealing from the bottom of the deck and throwing the race card right back at the "progressive" element here that trumpets it all the time.
Di Vall September 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Please, dear god, YES! Or, perhaps require in such establishments that they be safely tucked into a particular nether orifice -- which will no doubt still provide that apparently satisfying touch of security, while ensuring that should something go awry, the collateral damage would be limited.
Fred September 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM
There is no sense discussing nra members every leaving home without their guns & ammo. I do have a solution make all restaurants & bars open to nudists only. Now let's see where they hide their guns~<{;-)))
Jordan S. Zoot September 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Fred.....if they went to that we would have to have open carry.....Di Vall if you have a sick fetish that involves inserting inanimate objects into body cavities...by all mean enjoy yourself.....but the key word is concealment....my guess is you probably walk as if you had something in place already. I am going to reiterate that any restaurant or business has the right to properly post a sign and prohibit firearms on their premises. And an individual has the right to patronize according to their own views. However, government has no damn business interfering with clearly defined individual rights, and if Chicago or Evanston tries to do this indirectly through zoning or liquor control laws..there will be litigation.
Lisa S. September 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Yes. Ban them in restaurants.
Jordan S. Zoot September 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Lisa....the City of Evanston is PROHIBITED from passing any law or ordinance that impacts firearms. HB 183 as passed contains a prohibition on home rule legislation related to firearms. Aren't you too busy being concerned about the gang crime and violence riddled neighborhood around ETHS?
Jim September 11, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Jordan, you are arguing with mental midgets.
Jordan S. Zoot September 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Jim....I don't disagree with you but merely will make my point known consistently
Todd Kennedy September 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Jim- There are many liberals that are progun. Zoot- I give you a lot of props for dealing with some of these absurb comments. It feels like we are blogging with people living in England sometimes. Everyone- What if establishments made their own decisions whether to allow firearms or not?
Todd Kennedy September 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I missed your comment about a restuarants choice, Jordan. Sorry to repeat.
John Chrusciel September 12, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Being the descendant of a long-line of tavern owners and having literally grown up above a tavern, I firmly believe that the current law against Concealed Carry in Taverns and Bars is completely rational. Alcohol and Firearms do not mix. However, a restaurant is a completely different animal. You do not go a restaurant to drink, you go to eat, and any alcohol consumption is purely incidental to enjoying a meal - ie a glass of montepulciano d'abruzzo heightens the experience of enjoying manzo brasato or baracioles or whatever dish it is you happen to like. I do not think it is the City of Evanston's place to get involved in this. The state already has stringent requirement on where a concealed firearm should be carried. And the state bans concealed firearm carry in bars and taverns already and has wisely chosen to leave restaurants alone. Let the restaurant owner decide.
John Chrusciel September 12, 2013 at 12:59 AM
And then when the restaurant owner posts a sign, "Concealed Firearms Not Allowed" I can then choose to eat somewhere else as I will then know that "my kind" is not welcome in that establishment.
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