Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but a western Colorado restaurant encourages its customers to carry openly their weapons — and its waitresses do the same as well.
Colorado is included in the list of the states where openly carrying a gun in public is legalizeв. The issue has made headlines after gun rights activists carrying loaded rifles gathered in Target stores in Texas, Alabama and North Carolina to demonstrate their support of “open carry” laws.
Last week, Target Corp. even asked its customers “respectfully” to not bring firearms into stores, even where allowed by law.
However, in Rifle, Saenz, co-workers and customers at Shooters Grill are welcomed to bring their guns in the restaurant.
Shooters owner Lauren Boebert explains that she’s simply allowing her clients and employees to enjoy their constitutional right to bear arms.
“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights,” Boebert said. She chose the restaurant’s name last year as a nod to its gun policy.
“I consulted with my Christian friends and everyone said ‘Shooters’ sounded like a bar or a strip joint,” Lauren Boebert said with a laugh. “But I thought, this is Rifle — it was founded around guns and the Old West. We called it Shooters and started throwing guns and Jesus all over the place.”
Wayne and Martha Greenwald, visiting from Grand Marais, Michigan, welcomed the restaurant’s policy.
“We think it’s just fine. We’re very positive about it,” Wayne Greenwald said. “We carry guns ourselves and own a rifle, shotgun and handguns. We live in a very small town and we take care of our own crime problems.”