On Tuesday, North Carolina lawmakers approved a bill allowing gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons to playgrounds, bars, and public recreation areas, although bar owners will still be permitted to deny entry to armed patrons. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is expected to sign the expansive bill into law soon. The measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to keep their guns in cars parked on school campuses. The bill was stripped of an especially extreme provision that would have eliminated the requirement for background checks or handgun permits.
The key point here is that whether a bar allows patrons to carry or not is left up to-HORRORS!-the bar owner. Because of that, the bar portion of this bill could just become a symbolic nothingburger. TP did point out that fights happen in bars, which will no doubt get them a Pulitzer nod.