OK, I'm treading dangerous and controversial ground with this subject and apologize in advance. But I have researched this and have questions about letter of the law legality VS The Real World. A story of sorts first:
My little brother comes into town the other night and my parents schedule/reserve a spot at a very lovely local restaurant...that serves alcohol *but* it is less than 50% of the revenue and there are no signs on the door prohibiting firearms. It's a restaurant and a dang nice one that serves beer and wine as most fine restaurants do. Most members of my family consume alcohol in the form of beer and wine - 2 brothers even home brew some pretty dang good brew. When we all met at the restaurant I had 3 brothers in attendance and we don't see each other but maybe 3X a year...I'm carrying as I always am.
We sit at a table and it's hugs and smiles all around...the waitress comes to the table and takes drink and appetizer orders and it's beer and wine all around except that yours truly orders hot tea. No one says a word but I get the raised eyebrow from my older/eldest brother who I know has a concealed carry license but not in Illinois. He knows I have an Illinois Concealed Carry license but obviously has no idea I'm carrying heat.
"Not drinking anymore?" Nahhhh....I'm just in the mood for tea and not beer. It's no big deal. We all share a great meal and afterwards as we load my 86 YO+ parents my brother asks me point blank if I'm carrying as there are several odd fellows on the street outside acting furtively. I answer factually. Of course I am...I never leave the house unarmed anymore. Big Brother smiles and hugs me and says "Great...at least someone here is....I guess that's why you abstained from having a beer with your brothers." Exactly. If I drink I don't carry - if I carry I don't drink.
But what if? What if I had consumed a single beer with supper? I'm 6'3" and 185 and seriously...I'm not compromised by one Stella Artois. Had I consumed one beer, am I in violation of the law for Illinois concealed carry? Morally and logistically I have never done that and don't see me doing that *but* in the letter of the law am I in violation of my license to sit in a restaurant that derives less than 50% of it's revenue from alcohol sales and drink one beer or have a single glass of wine?
Thanks in advance for your insight and apologies in advance for even bringing this up. I'm 60 and have been a professional musician for decades. I drink and understand the consequences but I do not carry and consume and will not. But what is the letter of the law in this regard?