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One Night @ the Bar & Grill…

SO…the roomie and I sometimes frequent a neighborhood watering hole cum eatery.  The beer is cheap and the food (while not Brigid worthy) is pretty good.  Above standard bar fare (e.g. bacon-wrapped salmon on a bed of risotto!).

But they have the ubiquitous AZ statute-approved sign for hoplophobes posted upon entering:

AZ no gunsWhich some unidentified patrons ignore.  Unidentified to protect the guilty.  Otherwise, if unposted, one could be armed, not consume alcohol, and remain legal.  Your State law may very.

Fast backward to the other early evening.

sample, not as actually worn

sample, not as actually worn

Roomie and I find a booth, order a couple of beers and food, and she takes note of the pool/poker area behind me.  There’s a guy wearing a frock coat, a tricorn hat (!) and what appears to be a cutlass!!  The coat kinda-sorta covers said cutlass, some of the time, but no attempt is being made to conceal it.

Now this irritated my roomie, as certainly the Arizona bar statute referred to lethal weaponry, not just firearms. (it doesn’t – just guns!)  Ignoring the fact that some of the aforementioned folks were carrying firearms and knives, concealed.  SHHH!

But the other patrons and bar staff didn’t seem to notice or object to said cutlass, or the tricorn hat.  Nor did they object to the folks carrying concealed guns and knives.  Of course, they didn’t know about those.   After a time, the swordsman left.  No one knows when the other patrons departed.

I was unable to see if Mr. Tricorn had his trusty steed double-parked, or what?

Not our boy, by a longshot!

Not our boy, by a longshot!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “One Night @ the Bar & Grill…

  1. That was certainly … different. I wonder whether he was from or going to a costumed shindig, or just a historical wannabe.

    You have the most interesting stories. :^)

    Posted by Rev. Paul | March 27, 2013, 8:40 am
    • I’ve no idea. It certainly wasn’t a complete costume (e.g. pirate).
      I don’t get around much (and didn’t all that much back-in-the-day) so I take interest in those things I find amusing/distressing.
      I did have a fantasy he became belligerent and things escalated. Indiana Jones? A triumph of superior technology?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | March 27, 2013, 9:24 am
  2. Too bad you can’t ask for a ‘tactical table’, nobody would know what it means.
    When the hostess wants me to sit in a place where my back isn’t against the wall, I say “How about that one?”

    AZ makes it a crime to disobey the sign, it should mean the owner can ask you to leave or you are trespassing like some other states. Maybe we can get the legislature to fix that…but I won’t hold my breath waiting.

    Posted by KM | March 27, 2013, 9:49 am
  3. LOL, it TRULY takes all kinds… 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | March 27, 2013, 7:09 pm
  4. Also born in ’52 and living in AZ … and I enjoy the blog. Thanks for it.

    I routinely carry concealed all the time, even while consuming adult beverages in Arizona restaurants. I don’t believe for a second that I have given up my natural right to self defense just because I’m consuming alcohol.

    I hope we’re not heading for the edge of the world but I am prepared for it, as best I can.

    Posted by Ann O. Nymus | March 27, 2013, 9:56 pm
  5. When I took some leave to do a little flying in Alaska while visiting friends, I stopped at a bar way north of the Arctic circle, they had a “gun check girl” so you could leave your sidearm with her while you enjoyed a beer or a dance to a band known as the “Ailerons”.

    Posted by brigid | March 28, 2013, 6:02 pm

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