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Florida Shooting Range Wants to Sell You Booze and Bullets

The owner insists it's safe.

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A Florida gun range plans to marry the great American traditions of shooting and drinking copious amounts of alcohol when it opens a bar and restaurant this fall. What could go wrong? Volusia Top Gun's owner Ron Perkinson received the blessing of Daytona Beach city commissioners on Wednesday to open the new 12-lane range, restaurant, and retail store, reports the The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

"I firmly believe that it will be safer than any restaurant in Florida."

City commissioners initially raised questions about the safety of selling booze in a firing range, but Perkinson insisted a liquor license was essential to making the restaurant business profitable. The restaurant's plan was approved with the caveat that it take measures to ensure safety at the range: First, a computer system will track who's been served alcohol. Plus, Customers who drink, can't shoot for the rest of the day. Additionally, if anyone in the group drinks, none one can shoot.

The owner tells WKMG-Orlando he didn't think the concept was a "big deal" because he "knew how safe it was." He adds: "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."

Other commissioners echoed Perkinson's optimism, describing it as a "a very unique opportunity." Similarly questionable concepts have been approved across the country including a gun range in Oklahoma City last year and a shop in Georgia back in 2012. The Florida shooting-range restaurant is expected to open in November. "I firmly believe that it will be safer than any restaurant in Florida," Perkinson says.

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