UPDATE: Ariz. Senate OKs guns in eateries serving booze

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UPDATE -- Tuesday, June 16:

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to allow people with concealed-carry permits to take handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol.

The Senate approved the bill on a 18-10 vote on Tuesday, one day after the chamber defeated it on a 14-14 tie when one supporter was absent.

State law now generally bans possession of firearms in bars and restaurants selling alcohol.

Under the bill, a permit-holder carrying a weapon into a restaurant serving alcohol would not be allowed to drink. It would allow restaurants to deny entry by gun-toting citizens by posting a sign.

The bill also would reduce the misdemeanor penalty for bringing a gun into a restaurant that doesn't allow the weapons.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Monday, June 15 -- Ariz. bill on guns in eateries serving booze fails

PHOENIX -- A tie vote by the Arizona Senate has unexpectedly rejected a bill to allow people with concealed-carry permits to take handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol.

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The Senate's 14-14 vote occurred Monday as one presumed backer was absent and the main sponsor then changed his vote to "no" in order to request reconsideration on another day.

State law now generally bans possession of firearms in bars and restaurants selling alcohol.

Under the bill, a permit-holder carrying a weapon into a restaurant serving alcohol would not be allowed to drink. It would allow restaurants to still deny entry by gun-toting citizens by posting a sign.

The bill also would reduce the misdemeanor penalty for bringing a gun into a restaurant that doesn't allow the weapons.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)