Gun Range to Start Serving Alcohol -- What Could Go Wrong?

There are a lot of things in life that are made better with alcohol. The end of a long day. Meeting your boyfriend's parents. Playdates. Hey, you know the saying ... Alcohol. Because no good story started with someone eating a salad.

But as lovely as it is to indulge in a little inebriation now and again, there's one place it probably doesn't belong: The gun range. But there's a range scheduled to open this summer in Oklahoma City, where you'll be able to shoot a target before doing shots at the bar.


Wiltshire Gun Range's restaurant has been granted a liquor license, which raises all sort of questions about sensibility, and by that I mean, what the heck are they thinking serving alcohol at a gun range?

Well, it's not at the gun range, exactly, and a co-owner says they're taking precautions to make sure they never mix.

"You cannot drink before shooting, you cannot drink while shooting, and you cannot drink while you have a firearm on you," Jeff Swanson told Kerry Sanders on TODAY Friday. "Once people understand the safety protocols that we have in place, then right after that people kind of have an 'a-ha' moment and typically realize that this is going to be as safe as any retail establishment in the country." 

Reviews have been as mixed as the drinks, with some people thinking it's fine, while others are up in arms about it.

Gun enthusiast Mike Giacobbe said, "It's generally a horrible idea ... you really don't want to mix alcohol with a firearm," while another commenter, Ovid Priffer, weighed in, "I don't see any problem with it, providing that people drink after the fact, not before the fact."

Safety precautions include having customers scan their driver's licenses when they use the range and/or order food and alcohol. Once they've started drinking, they're cut off from the range. Of course they'll either still have their guns on them or have to pick them up when they leave. As one Facebook commenter said, "Great idea! Nothing better than a drunk unless it's a drunk with a trunk full of ammo and weapons driving while intoxicated."

I think the vast majority of gun owners are incredibly responsible, and there's nothing to worry about. But why take the chance? All it takes is one parking lot fight after one too many rounds, and someone could get seriously hurt or killed.

Yes, people are going to drink and fight and shoot each other anyway ... but why open yourself up to taking responsibility for that?

Do you think it's a good idea mix alcohol and gun ranges?


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