NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen for the second year in a row has vetoed a bill to allow Tennessee handgun permit holders to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
The Democratic governor said in a letter to Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville that he based his decision on the principle that "guns and alcohol don't mix."
Bredesen vetoed a similar measure last year, flanked by law enforcement officers and prosecutors who opposed the bill, but he was easily overridden by the Legislature. It only takes a simple majority in both chambers to turn back a veto.
The law was later declared unconstitutionally vague, so lawmakers this year passed a new version.
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