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Sports venues are correct

June 13, 2011 - Frank Robinson
I have to say I agree that allowing guns in major sports venues is a bad idea.

A proposal being circulated in Columbus would allow gun owners with concealed carry permits to take their guns into bars and the larger sports stadiums and sports venues. Representatives of the sports stadiums and venues say they won't allow guns even if the proposal passes.

I think it would be a horrible idea. How can taking a gun into a charged-up crowd watching a ballgame be a good idea. Fans are not even allowed to have glass bottles for fear that the bottles could be tossed at someone or otherwise used as a weapon.

In case you missed it, here is what is being reported through a recent Associated Press story:

"The Republican-led Ohio House and Senate have passed separate bills that would let a person with a concealed-carry permit have a firearm in many facilities that serve alcohol as long as the person was not drinking beforehand and does not drink at the venue. Violating those restrictions would be a felony offense. "Opponents say the proposal would lead to a dangerous mix of booze and weapons, but supporters say it would put Ohio on par with other states where people can legally have firearms in some venues that serve alcohol."

Even if the gun-carrying person is not drinking, what if a rowdy fan decides to pick a fight with him or her? I'm fairly certain the firearm would come into play. I am a gun-rights supporter, but I have to agree with the opponents of this plan. It's simple. Guns, alcohol and a rowdy crowd simply don't mix..


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