Deadwood business aims to combine bullets and beer
DEADWOOD (AP) — A businessman in the western South Dakota gambling town of Deadwood wants to combine an indoor shooting range with a saloon.
The Deadwood Guns complex proposed by Greg Vecchi would have several businesses, including a gun shop, a pawn shop, a shooting range and a bar called the Bullets and Beer Saloon. A ballroom would host a gun show four times a year, the Black Hills Pioneer reported.
The City Commission has approved the business to allow alcohol sales and indoor shooting, but no more than 50 percent of its income can be derived from alcohol. Still, Mayor Chuck Turbiville had some reservations.
"I mean, 'Bullets and Beer,'" Turbiville said. "The association between the two -- how will you control people who may or may not be drinking?"
Vecchi, an Army veteran who is retiring from the FBI next month, said the saloon area will be locked down, and people will be tested for alcohol consumption with a Breathalyzer before being allowed to shoot.
"Sequence is important," he said. "Bullets first, beer second."
Shooters also will be supervised by an employee or by Vecchi, who plans to join the Deadwood Police Department as a part-time officer.
"I'm not going to put any of my licenses on the line," Vecchi said. "I'm not going to risk my reputation or my licenses. We have to run a tight ship here."
Vecchi hopes to have Deadwood Guns operating in June.
"I want this to be a place where mom, dad and the kids can have fun," he said. "A place where the whole family can enjoy the shooting sports."