Jaymie Smolens, gun dealer in Waynesboro, supports allowing concealed weapons in restaurants that serves alcohol as long as the carrier does not have a drink.
Smolens said the process to obtain a concealed carry permit is extensive enough to weed the wrong kind of people out of the process. In fact, Smolens said he was more concerned with the way things are now. "This is a state that allows open carry. You can walk into a bar or a restaurant," said Smolens.
Moreover, Smolens thinks that allowing concealed weapons would actually make things safer. "I think all around it is safer, because you have that element of privacy and god forbid if something happens you have that element of surprise too," said Smolens.
However, Chris Clark, owner of The Artful Dodger, disagrees with him. Clark does not think its concealed weapons in restaurants are safe, even if the carrier is not drinking. "Your in an environment that allows other people to consume alcoholic beverages you are putting other people at risk," said Clark
Clark worries that as a server it would be too difficult to tell if a person was carrying a weapon and whether or not to serve them alcohol. "Outside of having a metal detector of some other means of knowing you are carrying a concealed weapon, we would not know. However, once upon knowing, its a whole different story," said Clark.
Smolens, on the other hand, does not think that will be an issue. "People [that carry concealed guns] are responsible," said Smolens.