(1) Will he or won't he veto it? & (2) "Note to waiters and waitresses: Smile when you hand out the menus, and no arguing over 5 percent tips."
This legislation was the parking lot guns bill which sparked the big fight between the NRA and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce that was pending from the 2007 legislative session. A compromise version passed both houses on the last day. It includes a watered-down version of the parking lot provision, plus extended carry rights for those licensed to carry pistols, and allows motorists to carry a pistol anywhere in their automobiles (before a gun had to be in a glove box or console).
The part of the bill on carrying pistols allows for concealed weapons to be carried into restaurants that serve less than 50 percent alcohol, state parks, and on public transportation. A ban on concealed weapons still would exist in other public gathering places, including sporting events, bars, and churches.
The part about restaurants reminds me of a 01-03-05 post I did entitled:
I love the Political Insider's captions. Such as: "Note to waiters & waitresses: Smile when you hand out the menus, & no arguing over 5 percent tips."
The 01-03-05 post provided:
The 01-03-05 AJC's Political Insider informs us that lobbyists for the National Rifle Association are quietly buttonholing the state's GOP leaders, pinning down support for legislation that would allow concealed weapons to be carried into many Georgia restaurants and food-serving bars — though not nightclubs.
Gun advocates refer to it as "Luby's Law," named after the 1991 incident in which an unemployed merchant seaman drove his pickup truck into a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, leaped out and opened fire. He killed 23 people and wounded more than 20 before killing himself.
At least one restaurant customer had a handgun in a car, and a carrying permit. But Texas law barred concealed weapons in restaurants and other places that serve alcohol.
According to Baxter & Galloway, as contemplated in Georgia, the ban on weaponry at public gatherings, such as political rallies, would continue (I was getting a tad nervous there).
Could such become law? Sure. The Political Insider also reports that Katie Grove, chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens, left her job last week. She's been hired as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. She'll handle gun issues in Georgia and several other states.
One thing for sure. I bet Gov. Perdue sure is proud of Ms. Grove. He loves to see friends and family do well, especially in government related positions where he has influence.
When the dust settles on this Luby's Law thing, it could end up being another urban vs. rural divide issue. For you see, we in the Other Georgia pack heat wherever we go, church, Friday night football games, soda fountains, you name it, everywhere but to school (on the latter, we are God-fearing and law abiding people, you know).
And of course they're in our vehicles. You remember (October 2003):
''I want to be the candidate for the guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks. We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats.''
And the speaker was just being gracious in not adding guns in the same breathe with Confederate flags. We don't hide 'em. We display 'em on the rear window. They are part of our Southern heritage.