Booze and Bullets? Oklahoma Gun Range Owner Applies for Liquor License
A business owner in Oklahoma is trying to get a liquor license to serve alcohol at his gun range. But is mixing booze and bullets a good idea?
Co-owner of Wilshire Guns Jeff Swanson said, “We wanted to build a place where […] you could come in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go to the café.”
Swanson said that guns and alcohol don’t mix, and there will be measures in place to make sure that people can’t shoot after they’ve had a drink.
Once a customer orders a drink, their driver’s license is scanned and they’re prohibited from entering the shooting facilities, even as a spectator, for the remainder of the day.
Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reported:
Staff will be trained in field sobriety and use cameras to monitor customers.
But folks with the agency that polices liquor establishments are still skeptical.
"I guess you could go back to the old adage where there's a will there's a way, so no matter how many safeguards you do put in place there's always someone who's going to try to get around those," Fairchild said.
Swanson says shooting complexes that offer customers more than just a range to shoot from is the way of the future.
"That is where the shooting sport is headed," he said.
And he believes they can pull it off in Oklahoma City in a way that keeps safety locked in their sights.
The City Planning Commission allowed the plan to move forward Thursday by a vote of 7-2. Those who voted against it voiced philosophical concerns about serving alcohol at a gun range.
The Oklahoma City Council will vote on the issue May 27th.
The ABLE Commission has 60 days to either grant or deny an application for a liquor license. As of Friday morning Wilshire Gun had not turned in an official application.
Today on The Five, Eric Bolling argued that the safest place to have a gun is at a shooting range.
He said, “Now if someone brings a gun into a bar where it’s a completely different environment, [… ] that may not be a good idea.”
Watch the full debate in the clip above and tell us what you think of this idea!