Interesting how this thread has grown and evolved. All these answers and opinions just helps create more answers and opinions. I remember my bar days, albeit a long time ago. Citting on a stool with friends, or meeting new people there were always some contact, a handshake, a hug, or even a hand on a shoulder. As the night progressed everyone got friendlier, with the exception of a few who prey on others at bars. That aside, when the people around you lose their inhibitions they become friendly and often grabby. It's not just about your conduct in any place that comes into question...you just can't control the situation in a bar no matter how well you can control yourself. I'll analagize it as this. You are at home and have decided to take a bath, and you set your little electric heater on the side of the tub to keep you nice and warm. Nothing wrong with that until it vibrates into the water or a curious child decides to wander in the bathroom and accidently knocks it into the water. It shouldn't have been there in the first place. I"m thinking that a gun in a bar is much like the heater sitting on the edge of the bathtub....it's a source of comfort for many.....but an accident waiting to happen as well.