A judge has ruled Tennessee’s controversial guns-in-bars law unconstitutional, prompting the state senator who sponsored the legislation to say he will push the issue again when lawmakers return in a few months, The Tennessean reports. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman said the law, enacted this year over the veto of Gov. Phil Bredesen, is “fraught with ambiguity.” Restaurant owners and others challenged the law. More than 257,000 people have handgun carry permits in Tennessee.
It became legal on July 14 for handgun permit holders to carry guns into restaurants that serve alcohol unless those establishments specifically banned them. The state previously banned handguns in all locations where alcohol was served. Tennessee law does not distinguish between a restaurant and a bar, making it hard for patrons and restaurant owners to know if they are violating the guns-in-bars law