Alcohol and Guns Shouldn't Mix

| by Brady Campaign

Carrying a gun in public puts everyone nearby at risk of being shot, intentionally or unintentionally. Drinking alcohol while carrying a gun in public, we believe, increase that risk.


The Lynchburg (VA) News & Advance editorialized about a recent incident of a man, who had a concealed carry permit, carrying a gun in a bar, drinking beer, and then, maybe not so surprisingly, shooting himself in the leg:

The mixture of guns and alcohol exploded at a Lynchburg restaurant Saturday night when a customer accidentally shot himself in the thigh with a concealed weapon…. A bartender said [the customer] came in, “filled up his mug and placed it on the bar. The next thing you know, you hear a loud bang. I thought it was a champagne bottle at first.”

The Virginia law allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is new – enacted just this summer.  The News & Advance explained later in the editorial why this law is a terrible idea:

The bill never has made any sense.  Why? Because the mixture of alcohol with firearms is a deadly one. Guns and alcohol, plainly and simply, don’t mix…. Restaurant owners had lobbied against allowing concealed weapons in their bars because they didn’t want to have to deal with the potential for added danger in their establishments…

Learn more about concealed carry and unintentional shootings.