Under a new law, Arizona citizens with a concealed weapons license can bring guns into bars, says the Christian Science Monitor. Arizona is the 41st state to let bar patrons pack heat (only if they're not drinking alcohol, however). The list of places where gun owners can bring their weapons is growing, as the gun lobby increases pressure on statehouses and Congress to broaden Second Amendment rights.
“The trend over the last 20 years is more freedom in most states for individuals to carry guns,” says Robert Cottrol, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The issue took on even greater importance this week when the Supreme Court said it would hear arguments on whether a Chicago handgun ban violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The case could have implications for all local gun restrictions, which have been a central tenet of gun control. Arizona's “guns in bars” law follows closely on the heels of its new so-called “parking lot” law. It allows licensed gun owners to store guns in locked cars, even if they're on someone else's private property.