DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — 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 Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Commissioner Ruth Trager was the lone holdout as the questioned the developers about how they’ll know whether someone is sober or a felon. Ron Perkinson told commissioner the group plans to turn the vacant building into an upscale restaurant, not a bar. But he says he needs alcohol sales to make the restaurant profitable. He told commissioners he’ll keep a watch list of customers who may cause trouble and will call police when necessary.
“If they’re renting a handgun, or if they were bringing their own, they would do the paperwork, scan their ID,” Perkinson told CBS affiliate WKMG in June. “(Workers) will be trained to visually look at the person, look at their eyes (and) look at their pupils, just like an officer would.”
Perkinson told the station that he hopes selling liquor will keep customers in his store after they’ve gone shooting.
“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.
Welcome to Florida! Where You can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D along with the ability to firing guns and purchase booze under one roof! What can possibly go wrong!
Yea i get it this sounds bad but really If you listen to how it works it doesnt seem all that crazy. Its just like having a one stop shop. People assume this means you can have a beer while you’re letting off rounds which obviously would be dumb and isn’t the case. Anyone that has taken a business course knows you want customers in your store as long as possible. The more you offer the more likely they’re willing to spend in the time there. I mean now a person has a place where he can possible go to after a long day of work, let off a few rounds and then get at max 3 drinks. Sounds like a decent night. Turn this place into a full restaurant maybe a sports bar and i could picture myself spending a couple hours there. Sunday slate, watch the 1 pm phins game, they lose and you go fire some rounds to forget about the mess of a game, get some drinks and some wings, go home and acknowledge your wife. Fun for you, the business establishment made a lot of money off of you. Its a Win win situation. Maybe add a strip club too cause why not.