While the department store chain Target joins other anti-2nd Amendment businesses running from the shadow of angry anti-gun fanatics, the restaurant Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado has taken the exact opposite approach.
Shooters Grill owner, Lauran Boebert, explains in the Fox News video below how a decision she made to open carry in her own restaurant has blossomed from necessity to a national phenomenon with new customers coming in from all over America.
Colorado law allows open carry without a permit.
Boebert said that while she encourages customers to exercise their right to open carry, she requires her waitresses to take a local handgun safety and concealed carry training course.
The training costs $75 dollars and qualifies customers for concealed carry permits in Colorado and Utah. The price tag includes a free dinner at Shooters.
Of course, the usual anti-self-defense suspects are quick to whine.
Jennifer Hope of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says her group doesn’t encourage people carrying guns “as a public display in places like stores or restaurants.”
Of course she doesn’t. Knee-jerk anti-gun zealots like Jennifer Hope would rather leave people defenseless waiting for police to show up while a madman slaughters innocent men, women and children.
Shooters Grill is located 180 miles west of Denver.
The menu includes items like the “M16 Burrito,” “Smith & Wesson Grilled Cheese” and “Locked and Loaded Nachos.” Even the salt and pepper shakers are made from shotgun shells.
When asked if customers ever express concern about waitresses packing heat – including the Rueger Blackhawk .357 that waitress Ashlee Saenz sports – Boebert said, “No one has ever turned around and walked out because they saw a gun.”
“They might have left because it was too crowded, praise the Lord. But not over the guns,” Boebert said.
Boebert, 27, also explained how the trend started when she began carrying a pistol shortly after opening the restaurant a year ago.
“I started open-carrying maybe a month after we opened just because I am a woman in business and I was there early hours and late nights,” Boebert said. “There was a man beaten to death in the alley behind my restaurant last year. It was very unfortunate,” she added.
Chef Matt Archambault said word of the gun-toting wait staff has brought in new customers in recent months, but it is the half-pound burgers that keep people coming back.
“Burgers are a staple of the restaurant,” he told FoxNews.com. “It’s pretty much an all-American place. We love anyone who wants to come in.”
And Archambault does not carry a gun back in the kitchen.
“We have knives and spatulas,” he laughed. “That’s how I roll.”