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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 01:43 PM
"Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 17 into law in June, after it passed both the state Senate and the House" WE VOTED THEM INTO OFFICE! WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT!!
Pat Ballasch September 30, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I agree guns and alcohol are a bad mix. Some people and alcohol don't mix well. Part of the hazard is any use of a firearm in a crowded area. I'll be curious if the new law creates any real problems. I hope the legal gun carrying public is calm and smart. I also think it's sad civilians feel a need to be armed.
Barber Shop Rock September 30, 2011 at 03:40 PM
WTF... really...it is 2011 and your looking at banning Gay people from Lakewood Bars??? Go visit WEst Virginia dude, that is ignorant as hell...blown away
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Was Tom Janick's post "I have never seen a sign in a Lakewood tavern window that says "No Gays Allowed." NOW THAT would be REAL progress!" deleted (rendering Barber Shop Rock's reply meaningless)?
Thomas Janik September 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Sorry gay guy. I should move too West By-God Virginny, too liberal up here anyways.
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Or did he delete it himself?
Barber Shop Rock September 30, 2011 at 04:05 PM
No I did delete it, sorry Peter...I was absolutely horrified that a comment would be made like that in this day. Lakewood should still be embracing Diversity so our school systems can continue to flourish. That mentality has nothing to contribute to Cleveland and Lakewood's success, while we flounder.
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 04:11 PM
"I also think it's sad civilians feel a need to be armed" -- AMEN, brother Balasch!
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 04:17 PM
I ddn't think that a posters could delete other posters' posts? I know Patch can (and will) delete blatantly ofensive posts. Lakewood citizens DO celerate our rich diversity.
Thomas Janik September 30, 2011 at 05:36 PM
And how am I suppose to protect MYSELF when a "disturbed person" goes trigger-happy in a bar? Throw a bottle at him/her?
Steve September 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM
@Valerie, If I was in an eatery and a deranged person entered with the intent to kill everyone in sight, I would pray that the LEGAL handgun owner would end his miserable life after he/she shot the first person and not the next 10. I would be glad to give the police a statement of what went down, instead of a statement of a toe tag on me as Im being carted out.
Thomas Janik September 30, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Ditto Steve!
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 05:58 PM
What happened in your lives to make you fear others so much??? So very sad.
Thomas Janik September 30, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Crime has ALWAYS been in our sick society Petey. Everyone has a right to self-defense. Wake up, boy.
Peter Grossetti September 30, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Only my grandmother was allowed to call my Petey .. .You HARDLY know me enough to go that route. And the "boy" comment indicates your complete lack of civil decorum.
Steve September 30, 2011 at 07:02 PM
@Peter. You know I have very good intentions, and nothing to date is wrong in my life. I was stating to Valerie how I would chose life over death, for me and my friends, not to be ended by some wacko should it ever happen. Isn't that what Homeland Security does for us all, watch OUR backs. I hope it never happens, but i'm not GOD, only he knows. Paranoid NO, watchfull and ready,YES.
Steve September 30, 2011 at 07:24 PM
FYI... In this article it mentions a few times how guns and alcohol don't mix. But what about 3000# cars and suv's? And it just so happens at all there establishments. So, Should they put up signs stating no cars without a proven sober driver? Good luck with that one.
Thomas Janik September 30, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Or do you go by "Peter". LMAO*
Dennis Ange September 30, 2011 at 08:46 PM
The bad guys are carrying weapons with total disregard for any laws and they carry them where ever they want. I am a law abiding citzen that has been fingerprinted, passed a background check and have taken classes on carrying a gun--I understand that if I consume alcohol and carry my gun it is a felony. Who do you want sitting next to you in a bar or restraunt?
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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