Gun Range Alcohol License? Bad Mix but a Soon-to-Be Reality in Oklahoma

Monday, 02 Jun 2014 11:09 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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An Oklahoma City gun range set to open this spring has also been granted an alcohol license.

"As a group we wanted to build a place, the first one in Oklahoma, where you could go in, shoot, enjoy the retail area, and then go to the café," Jeff Swanson, co-owner of the 40,000-square-foot Wilshire Gun, told Fox 25 Oklahoma City.

In total, the range will include 24 firearm lanes, 10 archery lanes, a simulation room, classrooms, VIP Lounge, and the café.

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The city council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to approve the license. That means the owners will then need to apply to the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission for the license.

Capt. Brent Fairchild of the ABLE Commission said he believes it will be the first range in the Sooner State to have an alcohol license.

"I've not seen a business that does the firearms that has a liquor license," he said. "But it's possible that if they apply they could be the first one."

Swanson told reporters they are working with other gun ranges in other states like California and Texas that also have alcohol licenses to ensure that the alcohol and shooting don't mix.

"Once your order a drink your driver's license is scanned and you are red-flagged and you're not allowed into any of the shooting facilities either as a spectator and certainly not as a shooter for the remainder of the day," Swanson said. That means that anyone who desires to shoot a gun must do so before ever touching a drop of alcohol.

"Any misconceptions or joking aside, beer and bullets, guns and alcohol, they do not mix," he said.

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