Firearms and alcohol make for a deadly cocktail. Drinking alcohol is associated with heightened levels of aggression, so it’s not surprising that nearly half of convicted killers in a government study1 reported being under the influence of alcohol at the time of their crimes. Alcohol also increases the likelihood a person will be the victim of a shooting—heavy drinkers are twice as likely to be shot as non-drinkers, according to one study.2
No wonder 93 percent of Americans oppose allowing guns in bars. And yet, only one state in the country (Alaska!) makes it illegal to bring a gun into both bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Further,the gun lobby, as part of its “guns everywhere” agenda, has successfully pushed through legislation in at least five states since 2009 — Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — making it legal for people to bring guns into bars.3
But millions of Americans are rising up to challenge this and other extreme policies that make us less safe. To get involved in the fight to save American lives from gun violence, join Everytown for Gun Safety today.
1. Half of convicted killers were drunk: Jennifer C. Karberg and Doris J. James, Substance Dependence, Abuse, and Treatment of Jail Inmates, 2002, report no. NCJ 209588 (United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005).
2. Heavy drinkers get shot more often: Charles C. Branas et al., “Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol Outlets, and the Risk of Being Assaulted With a Gun,” Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, 33 (2009): 906–915.
3. 93% of Americans oppose guns in bars: David Hemenway et. al., “National Attitudes concerning Gun Carrying in the United States,” Injury Prevention 7 (2001): 282-85.