It has come to my attention that Ohio is one of but a handful of States that do not allow the carrying of a concealed weapon by a legal conceal carry permit holder in restaurants that serve alcohol.
From the Ohio AG Conceal Carry law we are banned from carrying a concealed weapon where:
• Licensed D-Liquor Permit premises in which any person is consuming liquor.
Concealed firearms are banned in premises for which a D permit has been issued or in an open air arena for which a permit of that nature has been issued. There are some exceptions to this prohibition. The prohibition does not apply to principal holder of D permit as long as principal holder is not consuming liquor.
The prohibition does not apply to an agent or employee of the principal holder who is also a peace officer who is also off duty.
Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as concealed carry license holder is not consuming liquor. Class D permits are generally issued to an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.
In any event, be certain of the type of permit and whether liquor is being consumed before you enter with a concealed handgun.
The States of Tennessee and Arizona have recently amended their Conceal Carry Revised Statutes to allow the legal Conceal Carry permit holders to enter into restaurants that serve liquor. This is an example of the Arizona Senate Bill 1113 to be signed by their Governor
A. A person with a permit issued pursuant to section 13-3112 or who meets the criteria specified in section 13 3102, subsection D, paragraph 1 or 2 may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on site retailer that offers for sale food for on site consumption prepared in a kitchen located on the premises unless the licensee posts a sign at the primary entrance to the licensed premises or at the primary entrances of the licensed premises that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises. The sign or signs shall conform to the following requirements:
1. Be posted in a conspicuous location.
2. Contain a pictogram that shows a firearm within a red circle and a diagonal red line across the firearm.
3. Contain the words, "no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. section 4 229".
B. The department of liquor licenses and control shall prepare the signs required by this section and make them available at no cost to licensees.
C. The signs required by this section shall be composed of block, capital letters printed in black on white laminated paper at a minimum weight of one hundred ten pound index. The lettering and pictogram shall consume a space at least six inches by nine inches. The letters comprising the wordS "No firearms allowed" shall be at least three fourths of a vertical inch and all other letters shall be at least one half of a vertical inch.
D. This section does not prohibit a person who possesses a handgun from entering the licensed premises for a limited time for the specific purpose of either:
1. Seeking emergency aid.
2. Determining whether a sign has been posted pursuant to subsection A of this section.
I do not understand why Ohio could not adopt a similar Amendment. For one it would eliminate the possibility of a person legally carrying a CC permit to enter an eating establishment by mistake with a concealed weapon that is serving alcohol. Secondly I feel the need to protect my family when I am dining out as any other time I am out. Thirdly I would not have to leave my weapon locked in my vehicle with the possibility of someone stealing said weapon. And finally I am tired of eating out at Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel. Just kidding.
Seriously though I would like to propose this Amendment and ask how I may get the ball rolling for submission and passage by the State of Ohio.
I realize that this may play second fiddle to the souring economy, job loss, and the State deficit but I would like to press on with this issue.