Exclusive:Councilman To Propose 30-Year-Old Age Restriction To Enter Bars/Nightclubs
A Montgomery city councilman says he has the answer to solve underage drinking at bars and nightclub violence -- but some say his idea goes too far.
State law says you have to be 19 to walk into a bar. Even though the Montgomery City Council has just raised that to 21 at most places in the city, one councilman wants to go further and raise the age limit to 30.
"I think 30 is outragous," Said 21-year-old Darius Longmire.
But what if 30 was the age written on all bar establishments?
That's exactly what councilman, David Burkette, says he wants to raise the age to. He says he's been researching and talking with city leaders in other areas that have the same ordinance for the last year.
He believes raising the age could prevent underage drinking and even crime, like the most recent shooting at Centenial Hill Bar and Grill, which left three people dead and another five in the hospital.
Burkette says the 21-year-old age restriction will go into effect January 21st, unless the Mayor vetos it by next Friday.
He plans to propose the 30-year-old age restriction next month.
Burkette says if his proposed ordinance is approved, he hopes to enforce it starting this spring.