Some things you just don’t mix with alcohol and up until recently many thought that loaded guns might fall into that category. Apparently not for a Florida gun range, which just got the okay to serve booze to its patrons who get thirsty after shooting off a few rounds in the new cafe just approved by city commissioners.
While this may sound a bit on the wild side, the two businesses won’t really intermingle. It won’t be much different than stopping off for a drink on the way back from the shooting range at a bar down the street. It just so happens the establishment you would be stopping at is on the same grounds as the shooting range.
According to News Max on August 21, while this gun range will be selling alcohol in its adjoining restaurant, you won’t get any booze until you are done shooting for the day. Your gun needs to be locked and put away before partaking in alcoholic beverages.
Plans made by Ron Perkinson to turn a vacant building off I-95 in Daytona Beach into a 12-lane shooting range, upscale restaurant and retail store got the approval of all but one city commissioner when the vote was called for. Some precautions are already in the deal, such as patrons won’t be able to touch a drink until their guns are locked up for the day.
Patrons will need to wait 24-hours before using the shooting range after consuming an alcoholic beverage at the adjacent establishment. Perkinson offered up a strong case when arguing for a restaurant with a liquor permit and shooting range to be erected on the same parcel of land. He said that it would be no different than a shooting range customer going to an Outback Restaurant for drink after an afternoon of shooting.
It is not as if folks will be sitting at a bar with loaded guns and getting up to take a shot at a target when they so fancy. It sounds as the two businesses will not intermingle at all. Perkinson said, “Guns, whether you’re planning to have a drink afterwards or not, will not be allowed in the cafe area at all,” according to WFTV-TV News.
The city commissioners first concerns were the safety issues that come along with having alcohol sold on the same property where guns are used. With the safeguards put into place by Perkinson, who even offered to put in a metal detector in his restaurant to guard against concealed weapons being brought in, the vote was passed.
The officials did not make the installment of a metal detector part of the agreement. They were content with the proposed abundance of signs stating no weapons allowed in the restaurant.