New Firearms Law Prompts Some OH Businesses to Turn Away Gun-Toters


A no-guns movement by some Ohio businesses has prompted conflict over a new state law that allows customers to carry firearms into restaurants and bars, as long as they don't consume alcohol. The Columbus Dispatch says some business owners feel that they're losing their right to a weapon-free zone. Some are posting signs to turn away gun-toters with messages such as, “Do Not Patronize if Armed.”

Columbus alone has 300 establishments with the signs, according to the Ohioans for Concealed Carry data. In the suburbs, 29 businesses in Dublin, 20 in Westerville, 17 in Hilliard and 11 in Worthington ban firearms. Jake's Restaurant in Mount Vernon put up its sign in the fall, a few weeks after the law took effect in August. It reads: “All weapons including concealed firearms are prohibited on these premises.” “We felt the need to say, 'Hey, we still don't see the need to bring weapons in,'?” said Amy Baldner, general manager. Some gun owners are offended by the signs, and they are letting owners know. “We've had some very angry people, and they actually leave,” said Baldner.

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