A look back at some of what state legislatures worked on in August related to guns, alcohol, marijuana, drugs, policing and litigation, and the environment
Several outlets picked up on the fact that laws passed in Texas earlier in the year now allowed for openly carrying swords, banned texting while driving, and had several other assorted effects, but one thing that was virtually unreported when it became effective was a small but significant change to the State’s underage drinking laws.
One question I’ve been hearing more lately in the wake of recent shootings at bars, nightclubs and music festivals is whether its legal to carry a concealed weapon into those places for protection. As usual with these questions, the answer is “it varies”.
While alcohol and firearms don’t mix, there are plenty of people who go to concerts, shows and other venues where alcohol is served without drinking. Designated drivers immediately come to mind. How each state addresses these situations is influenced by several types of laws.
Over the past week people from all around the country and the world converged on northern Nevada to create one of the most unique events one can find in the world today, but with a half dozen law enforcement agencies patrolling the area, openly and undercover, actively running sting operations and looking to make busts, many people risk getting caught up in something far more serious than they think.
Mississippi is the only state in the country to allow an open container of alcohol to be present while driving. Under 66-11-30 of Mississippi’s penal code a person in considered driving under the influence if their blood alcohol concentration is above 0.08, however there is no law concerning drinking while driving
Normally federal law applies to all states and localities with no exceptions. However, there are many examples of where states have passed legislation directly contradicting federal law. While the federal government has the power to intervene and enforce their laws at any time, they have not taken much action for a few key laws.