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Bullets and Booze: Oklahoma Gun Range Awarded Liquor License

An Oklahoma City gun range promises that patrons will be barred from the shooting lanes once they've bought a drink.
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Wilshire Gun RangeKFOR-TV

You'll be able to get a shot and a beer for real after an Oklahoma City gun range was granted a liquor license this week, much to the distress of some city leaders.

But it'll have to be in that order: a (gun) shot and then a beer, not the other way around.

As part of its petition to win the liquor license, the Range Cafe at Wilshire Gun Range promised that once a customer buys any alcoholic beverage, the sales register will bar him or her from the gun range itself.

"Guns and alcohol will never mix at Wilshire Gun," General Manager Jeff Swanson told NBC station KFOR of Oklahoma City after the City Council voted 6-3 to approve the controversial license Tuesday.

"Once you have a drink, your driver's license will be scanned and then red-flagged, and you'll be prohibited from entering the lanes for the rest of the day," Swanson said.

That's not good enough for council members who voted against the application.

"Alcohol is legal and guns are legal. I have a problem with mixing the two," council member Larry McAtee told KFOR.

But Swanson argued that because Oklahoma already allows patrons to carry firearms into restaurants, Wilshire Gun's restrictions will make it the safest eatery in the state when opens in about two months.

"We've taken steps way beyond even restaurants," he said.

— M. Alex Johnson