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VIDEO: Council approves alcohol permit for gun range

Ben Felder May 27th, 2014

Noisy trains are a common complaint of residents and businesses in downtown Oklahoma City. But the rail corridor that travels along Interstate 235 might become quieter in a couple of years.

The city council has been working with railroad operators on a proposed quiet zone that would allow trains to pass through downtown without operators having to announce their presence with a horn.

The council received an engineering report during Tuesday’s meeting about the improvements that would be needed at dozens of railroad crossings in order to allow train operators to lay off the horns.

For example, mediums could be constructed on each side of a railroad crossing that would prevent cars from zig-zagging between the lowered crossing arms. By preventing cars from crossing the tracks, warning whistles from passing trains would not be required.


The city council also approved an alcohol permit for Wilshire Gun shooting range at 615 W. Wilshire Blvd. Jeff Swanson, representing Wilshire Gun, said the shooting range would not allow customers to handle firearms after they had a drink of alcohol. Driver’s license scans would be used to monitor those who drink, Swanson said.

“You will never be able to get a drink and then shoot a gun,” Swanson told the council. “We have absolutely zero tolerance.”

Ward 1 Councilman James Greiner was one of several councilors to raise questions about the inclusion of alcohol at a gun range.

“Adding the alcohol component seems to make the zero tolerance even harder,” Greiner said.
Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee acknowledged there was nothing illegal about the concept but questioned its safety.

“Alcohol is legal in Oklahoma. Guns are legal in Oklahoma,” McAtee said. “[But] I have a real problem with mixing the two.”

McAtee, along with Meg Salyer and John Pettis, voted against the application.
The measure passed 6 to 3.

The concept has been approved in other states, such as Georgia. Wilshire Gun would be the first gun range to sell alcohol in Oklahoma.

Parks and rec
The city council was also introduced to Doug Kupper, who started his new job as the city’s new parks and recreation director today.

Kupper comes from Wichita and called his new job a “dream come true.”

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