This Restaurant Encourages Their Customers And Wait Staff To Carry Guns


While many stores and restaurants discourage their customers from bringing their guns inside, one western Colorado restaurant welcomes it. Even their waitresses carry loaded guns openly!

The restaurant Shooters Grill is in aptly named Rife, Colorado, where carrying a gun in public is legal. The issue of “open carry” laws made headlines after gun rights activists with loaded rifles came together in Target stores in Texas, Alabama and North Carolina to show their support of the laws. After the incident, Target Corp. discouraged their customers from bringing firearms into its stores, regardless of the law.

Although Colorado state law allows businesses to prohibit guns inside their buildings, the sign on Shooters’ front door reads:

“Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.” [source]

For $75, a customer can get dinner and a training that will qualify them for a Colorado and Utah concealed weapon permit. For Shooters owner Lauren Boebert, it’s about letting people exercise their right to bear arms. She said:

“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights.” [source]


Boebert also reveals that she chose the restaurant’s name because of its gun policy.

“I consulted with my Christian friends and everyone said ‘Shooters’ sounded like a bar or a strip joint. 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.” [source]

Customers of Shooters Grill are very accepting of the policy, and support it full-heartedly. Wayne and Martha Greenwald, who visited Shooters Grill from Marais, Michigan, were big fans. Wayne said:

“We think it’s just fine. We’re very positive about it. 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.” [source]

The restaurant, which serves American and Mexican fare, does not serve alcohol. Given its gun policy, that might be a good thing.