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Guns Allowed in Bars and Restaurants, Starting Today

However, the new law doesn't sit well with everyone.

The law allowing people to take concealed guns into restaurants and bars goes into effect today.

With more than 100 bars and restaurants in Lakewood, the measure makes some a little uneasy — including the owners of some establishments in the city.

“Guns are not meant to be in bars,” said Ryan Krivosh, who co-owns the bar as well as the upscale restaurant (formerly ) across the street. “Guns and alcohol are not a good combination.”

The new law allows the owners of bars and restaurants to post signs keeping guns out. If there is no sign, those who carry firearms into bars are not allowed to drink in them.

Krivosh said he will most likely put up signs at both of his establishments.

“I don’t care if I offend one person out of 1,000 in order to keep my customers safe,” he said. “I would like there to be no guns in any bars in Lakewood.”

Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 17 into law in June, after it passed both the state Senate and the House.  

The new law doesn’t stop at bars and restaurants, but also includes nightclubs, malls, museums and sports stadiums.

 “Guns and alcohol don’t mix,” Chief Timothy Malley . “It could provide some concern.”

, who represents Lakewood as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, took her concerns a step further.

“I think this is ridiculous and dangerous,” she said. “Is this really the wild, wild west?”

Antonio voted against the measure, as did State Senator Michael J. Skindell, D-23, representing Lakewood, who was one of the seven senators who voted against the measure.

Julie Hutchison, co-owner of the in Lakewood, called the new law “disgusting.” She said she won’t allow people to carry concealed weapons into her Detroit Avenue establishment.

 “I am going to post a sign, and I am only going to go into restaurants that have a sign,” she said. “It’s really crappy. Maybe we can repeal it. I don’t know why anyone would want this.” 

Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 08:54 PM
I want no one carrying a gun sitting next me. Is that too much to ask?
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM
When you go to the grocery store ... you are there to buy groceries! When you go to the ballpark ... you are there to watch a game! When you go to the gas station .. you are there to buy gas! When you go to the movie theater .. you are there to watch a film! When you go to a bar .. you are there to ???? Please!
Thomas Janik October 01, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Like Clint Eastwood (A.K.A. Walt Kowalski) said in the film "Gran Torino", "Well father I prayed the cops would come, but they didn't." So Ol' Walt aimed his trusty M-1 Garand at the zipperhead threatening his life and said, "GET OFF MY LAWN!"
Jill gefert October 02, 2011 at 02:21 AM
I'm moving to the UK
john wa August 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
the law states that one can carry a fire arm but zero tolorence on the cosumption of alcohol in a liquor establishment -- it is amazing how the nut cases can't read the law unless it benifits their cause and anti gun mentality -- the people of Syria have a good anti gun law , move there then they can have "their way" --- wa taw

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