A Florida gun range will be serving booze at a restaurant connected on the same property. The proposed 12-lane Florida gun range will be serving up two kinds of shots – the sort fired from a gun, and the sort you knock back with a few of your buds.
Reports CBS News on Aug. 20: “Daytona Beach city commissioners have given approval to an indoor shooting range that will include a restaurant that sells alcoholic beverages. Commissioners raised safety concerns over the mix of alcohol and guns on the same property before voting on the measure on Wednesday night.”
The gun range / bar restaurant combo would be the third of its kind here in the U.S., and Volusia County business owner Ron Perkinson – who already runs a successful gun store at the location off Interstate 95 and International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach – is looking to expand into an indoor firing range along with a restaurant with a full bar.
Of course, a restaurant that serves booze and a gun range under one roof has many concerned about safety. Perkinson said they will have a number of firm protocols in place to ensure that no patron, after drinking at the bar or restaurant, is granted entry into the firing range.
“Safety is obviously key and number one for not only me, but everyone else there. Everything is going to be revolved around safety,” the owner of Volusia Top Gun said.
Shooting after drinking will be strictly prohibited, and each person who dines and drinks will first have to submit to a mandatory ID scan, which will advise the staff if they have purchased any alcoholic drinks. If so, they will not be allowed to shoot. “Once your license is scanned for an alcoholic beverage, you’ll be void of going on our range for 24 hours,” Perkinson said.
Additionally, guns will not be allowed inside of the planned restaurant, Perkinson said. “Guns, whether you’re planning to have a drink afterwards or not, will not be allowed in the café area at all,” he said. However, Florida state laws will still allow those with valid concealed carry permits to bring in weapons.
The gun shop owner hopes that the restaurant will be profitable – and having a liquor license was key to making that happen. However, he anticipates gun owners heading over to the restaurant after they shoot, not before. Perkinson said he fully understands the concerns and criticisms, and insists he is not mixing shooting and drinking.
“To the critics, I say, you’re right. I’m not trying to mix the two. I’m trying to give you a nice meal before you go home. If you choose to have an alcoholic beverage and go home, that’s on you. It’s no different than them leaving here and going to Outback,” Perkinson said.
Adds the Daytona Beach News-Journal: “People who just show up at the range and don’t go to the restaurant, or who don’t drink at the restaurant, will still have to sign an affidavit stating they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
The site reported that Perkinson has been studying “combining restaurants and ranges for two years and will take his precautions further than those of other establishments across the nation. He said he’ll keep a watch list for customers who could be trouble and he’ll contact police when necessary. Perkinson said he will also have access to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement database.”
What are your thoughts? Is selling booze at this Florida gun range a good idea?