FL: Gun shop wants to serve alcohol near shooting range
By Alejandro Rios, Community Engagement Specialist
August 6, 2015
A Florida business owner is a step closer to getting the approval he needs to combine his gun store with an indoor shooting range and restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages.
Volusia County commissioners granted initial approval to the business Wednesday, according to WKMG.
“I’m doing something that’s already been done. It’s a tried-and-true safe system that actually works,” Volusia Top Gun owner Ron Perkinson told the New York Daily News in June.
He pointed to Wilshire Gun in Oklahoma, which operates a gun range and café from the same location, as a starting point for his venture, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The New York Times reported Perkinson wants to open the restaurant by the end of the year and is waiting permit approvals from Daytona Beach to build an 8-inch thick concrete casing around the shooting range.
Perkinson said several precautions that would be taken include:
- Customers would need to fill out a form asking if they have been drinking or using drugs.
- Employees would look for signs of impairment.
- If there is any hint of alcohol on a customer’s breath, they would not be allowed to shoot.
- If anyone in your group drinks, no one can shoot.
- Three drink limit for all customers.
- A computer system would track who has been drinking.
If you drink, you can’t shoot for 24 hours.