Beer & Bullets? OKC gun range given the go ahead to serve alcohol

OKLAHOMA CITY – City leaders sign off on a liquor license for a new gun range in Oklahoma City.

The rule will be to shoot first and drink second, never the other way around.

The developers at Wilshire Gun made one big promise to secure a liquor license.

“Guns and alcohol will never mix at Wilshire Gun,” said general manager Jeff Swanson. “We have an absolute zero tolerance policy.”

The range will serve beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages, although with a strict safety plan in place.

Swanson said, “Once you have a drink, your drivers license will be scanned and then red flagged and you’ll be prohibited from entering the lanes for the rest of the day.”

Some on the city council argued that guns and alcohol simply shouldn’t mix.

There’s too much potential for trouble.

Councilman Larry McAtee said, “Alcohol is legal and guns are legal. I have a problem with mixing the two.”

Councilman John Pettis said, “Mixing alcohol and guns together in that neighborhood I totally disagree with.”

Despite that opposition, the council ok’d the gun range’s liquor license by a vote of 6 to 3.

The owners arguing their building will be safer than any restaurant in the state.

Swanson said, “Right now in Oklahoma you can open carry into restaurants that serve liquor. We’ve taken steps way beyond even restaurants.”

The owners still have to get approval from the ABLE commission, but that is not expected to be a problem.

As for a timeline, the goal is to open the range in less than 2 months.

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