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TN House overrides governor's guns in bars veto

NASHVILLE. (AP) - The state House has joined the Senate in once again voting to override the governor's veto of a bill to allow handgun carry permit holders to bring weapons into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants.

The House voted 61-30 Friday night to override the veto. The Senate voted 22-10 for it last week.

Democratic Governor. Phil Bredesen last month vetoed the guns bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville on the basis that "guns and alcohol don't mix." The House had passed the bill on a 66-31 vote, while the Senate approved it by a 23-9 margin.

The measure would apply to the state's 270,000 handgun carry permit holders. Bar and restaurant owners would maintain the power to ban all weapons from their establishments.

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.

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