Correction – New law doesn’t apply to Thinking Man
Editor’s note: The initial reporting on House Bill 60 was incorrect. While Thinking Man and Kirkyard were quoted accurately, the premise behind the questions was not accurate. For the most up to date information, click here.
The Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur is telling customers that guns are not welcome there.
The Tavern, located on West Howard in Decatur, Ga., made the announcement on its Facebook page on April 24, a day after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 60, a new law that eases restrictions on where gun owners can carry their weapons. It has been dubbed the “Guns Everywhere” law by critics.
“Nathan Deal signed it, so we have to say it. Don’t bring a weapon to a place where the product served is known to lessen inhibitions,” the announcement on the Thinking Man Facebook page says. “If there is one inhibition to have, not using a deadly weapon is high on our list. Unless you are on-duty law enforcement, don’t bring your gun to Thinking Man Tavern. We reserve our right as well. Please, find another business to accommodate your gun. A shooting range would be best. Thank you.”
Decaturish reached out to Thinking Man about the posting.
Bartender Jessica Sweeny said, “Guns and alcohol don’t really mix so we don’t really want that kind of thing in our bar.”
Other business owners have also started to weigh in about the new law. Dano Kirk, owner of Kirkyard Public House, said he will not expressly forbid patrons to bring guns into his business.
“I would not turn anybody away or ask somebody to leave because they were carrying,” Kirk said. “Each business can determine who they do or do not want to allow in. For us, as long as they’re obeying the law, I don’t have a problem with it at all. ”
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