St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Restaurant Association Opposes Conceal and Carry

St. Louis, Mo. – Restaurant industry officials in Missouri say a bill before state lawmakers to allow concealed weapons will harm their ability to do business.

The Missouri Restaurant Association Workers' Compensation Trust says allowing concealed weapons in restaurants will threaten the safety of employees and guests while raising insurance costs.

Chairman Forrest Miller says the bill is so loosely written that it provides no protection for individual restaurant owners.

"And now we're going to have to have guards, and we're going to have to deal with guns in our restaurants," Miller said. "We didn't do this hospitality, fun business to have to deal with this. I mean, keep us out of the bill; don't let people bring guns into food service establishments."

The Missouri Senate is now considering the bill, which has already passed the House. Governor Bob Holden has indicated he'll veto it if it gets to his desk.