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Letter: Banning guns puts onus on bar owners


Please let the bars/restaurants or any other merchants know if a merchant forbids people who are licensed to carry guns from bringing their legal guns onto his or her premises under the guise that he or she is protecting their safety, he has then assumed an obligation that he did not previously have. He has undertaken the specific task of protecting his customers. That undertaking creates a special relationship between the customer and merchant that did not previously exist. If the merchant, having created the special relationship, then fails to take other steps necessary to protect his customers from the criminal acts of others, he or she can be liable for injury to his customers by illegal acts of third parties. Gun owners should not support businesses that allow their anti-gun bias to move from philosophy to open discrimination.

David Newberry


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