There is either purposeful deception going on here, or world-class ignorance.
As Dahlia Lithwick noted earlier this week, the Republican-dominated North Carolina state legislature has gone a bit bonkers, passing all manner of ridiculous legislation. One example: On Tuesday, legislators signed off on a bill that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring a concealed gun to a bar unless the owner explicitly prohibits it.
This sounds like an incredibly bad idea. And guess what? It is. As common sense would lead you to believe and scientific research supports, alcohol impairs both a gun owner’s accuracy and judgment, meaning that a tavern full of drinking buddies packing heat is best avoided.
North Carolinians will be able to walk into a bar strapped and start drinking is the assertion made by Slate reporterette Ciara McCarthy.
It’s also categorically false.
While North Carolina’s concealed carry permit (CCP) holders will indeed by able to go into a restaurant that serves alcohol, carriers will not be able to imbibe so much as a single drop, the same conditions as under current law.
The real question is whether Ciara McCarty was intentionally dishonest here, or is simply ignorant of the law she is supposed to be reporting about, which is quite possible considering she is an intern.