The North Carolina House Judiciary A Subcommittee will hold hearings on HB 111 on Wednesday. This bill would allow concealed carry holders to carry in restaurants and eating establishiments that serve alcohol and to carry in city or county parks (but not state parks). Concealed carry holders still would not be allowed to drink while carrying concealed.
This bill was heard before the same subcommittee last week but no vote was taken.
HB 111 would still allow restaurant owners to post their establishments prohibiting concealed carry. Nonetheless, some restaurant owners oppose the bill according to a story in the Fayetteville Observer.
In Fayetteville, manager Mike Callahan of The Big Apple Restaurant & Sports Pub and co-owner Josh Collins of Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery in Fayetteville think the law change would threaten the lives of their patrons and employees.
Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, takes issue with some of the dire predictions and hyperbole.
“Just because I happen to walk into Fat Boy’s buffet restaurant in Mooresville, that happens to have beer in the line, why should I not be able to protect my family?” said Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun rights advocacy group that is pushing for the law change. “I suspect some of the people involved in the Luigi’s restaurant shooting in Fayetteville a number of years back would probably agree with me.”
Criminals avoid places where they think people could be armed, Valone said.