A corporate headquarters spokesperson for Ruby Tuesday Restaurants told KnoxViews that the company has not issued a formal statement on recent legislation to allow handguns in Tennessee restaurants and bars, but that the company has no plans to change existing policies or to prohibit guests with permits from carrying handguns in their restaurants as long as they are complying with state law.

He said the issue will likely affect bars more than restaurants, and that in Ruby Tuesday's experience very few guests bring weapons to their restaurants where it is allowed. He said there are no plans to refuse service to guests legally carrying weapons or to attempt to determine if a guest is doing so. He also noted that guest safety is a top priority, and that management and staff are trained to take swift action to resolve potential threats. He also noted that the company has procedures in place to monitor alcohol consumption and management and servers are trained to avoid over serving.

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bizgrrl's picture

He also noted that guest

He also noted that guest safety is a top priority, and that management and staff are trained to take swift action to resolve potential threats.

What kind of action? Call 911?

WhitesCreek's picture

Read between the lines, BG...

They're packing heat... and I'm not just talking about the spicy mustard, donchanoe?

Andy Axel's picture

And here the only reason I

And here the only reason I never ate there was the shitty food. Making a new checkbox...

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Rachel's picture

Ditto.

Ditto.

Joe P.'s picture

so how exactly will business

so how exactly will business owners know if someone who is carrying a gun is violating the law by having a drink? seems like the new law is rather silent on any enforcement issues of these regulations.

Andy Axel's picture

"Smoking, non-smoking, or

"Smoking, non-smoking, or concealed carry?"

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talidapali's picture

This is the key part of any such statement by these companies...

He also noted that the company has procedures in place to monitor alcohol consumption and management and servers are trained to avoid over serving.

It's not the over-serving that is an issue. It is the fact that they probably won't ask if you are carrying concealed before they serve you alcohol at all. Even one drink CAN affect your judgment and reflexes...that is my biggest problem with this whole issue. I think anyone that has taken the time to go through the training and weapons safety courses offered by the state should be allowed to carry, but NOT in bars or restaurants where a calm good time can quickly turn into an alcohol-fueled mayhem. I know too many people who THINK they can hold their liquor well enough that they would NOT abstain from drinking when they are carrying and THAT is a recipe for disaster.

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Factchecker's picture

Huh? Are you here to drink or solve the world's problems!?

C'mon what'll it be, bud? No really. That's the only beer we carry: Bud. Oh yeah, we do also have Bud Light.

RedDog's picture

Do you ever travel outside of TN?

Do you ever eat out when traveling outside of TN? Then you have been visiting restaurants that serve alcohol and allow handgun carry. This is nothing new. Over 30 states allow handgun carry in restaurants that serve alcohol - and many of those permit the consumption of alcohol while carrying. Get your panties out of a wad...

metulj's picture

Why was there a pressing

Why was there a pressing need to address this as a law? Does the State of TN have a budget yet?

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

Seppuku is in a way the ultimate awful libertarian act -- Frank Popper

JRW's picture

The

The guns-where-alcohol-is-served bill has been around for years. Jimmy Naifeh used his power as House Speaker to prevent it from going to the floor for a vote. With Naifeh gone, the legislature is making up for years of stalling on this bill.

Nobody's picture

I sent Speaker Williams an

I sent Speaker Williams an email thanking him for allowing the vote.

Bbeanster's picture

I sent Speaker Williams an


I sent Speaker Williams an email thanking him for allowing the vote.

I'll bet an email from Nobody made his day.

metulj's picture

Does the State of Tennessee

Does the State of Tennessee have a budget yet?

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

Seppuku is in a way the ultimate awful libertarian act -- Frank Popper

bizgrrl's picture

A budget won't matter until

A budget won't matter until the Governor has to start closing parks and rec areas that are currently free to the TN public. Then the public will interested.

metulj's picture

Screw parks, shut down high

Screw parks, shut down high school sports to save money and see how fast Stacey Campfield rolls up his sleeves....

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

Seppuku is in a way the ultimate awful libertarian act -- Frank Popper

talidapali's picture

no...actually i don't...

i don't travel much since I became disabled.

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