Lawmakers may allow concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol

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HIGH POINT, N.C. - If you ask anyone at Uptowne Tavern Bar and Grill in High Point about House Bill 111, you can see they're not in favor of it.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit, to carry guns into restaurants that serve alcohol.

Lisa Hunter who frequently visits Uptowne Tavern believes the state is going down the wrong path. "I think you are asking for an accident to happen. You've seen news stories in the past where there's alcohol involved in bars and tempers flare and fights break out," said Hunter.

People on both sides of the issue are very passionate about the bill. Gun-rights advocates say it would add another level of protection, while others like Hunter, feel the flood gates for trouble will open.

Restaurant owners will still have the final say as to preventing anyone from coming carrying concealed weapons into their establishments.

The bill goes to Senate Finance Committee next.

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