Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jasper (AL) Club Smoke Ban Opposition Latest

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JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) - A city smoking ban has some business owners trying to stay one step ahead of the law ... they're determined to allow customers to smoke.

Midnight Special owner Rick Garrison says he has come up with a way to lock out  law enforecement ... by replacing his locks with a card swiping system.  Each member of the private club would be issued a card.  Garrison says it's the same tactic used in the past by businesses serving alcohol when the town was dry.  

Since the law went into effect, Jasper police have already issued one ticket ... a second violation would shut the club down.

Jasper City Attorney Russell Robertson tells us Garrison is legally allowed to install the card-swiping system, as long as, he allows law enforcement into the business at any time.