Drinking and shooting do not ever need to mix. It is a dangerous combination, even in the hands of the most skilled shooter. Why? Alcohol alters the mind and interferes with response time. This is exactly why it is illegal to drink and drive. So why would it be a good idea to drink and then fire bullets with an unsteady hand? It doesn’t.
However, a new gun club in Illinois seems to think otherwise, as they plan to attach a bar to their gun club.
Many residents living in the Willowbrook are very upset about this, and spoke up at the public meeting. They have expressed their concerns about mixing firearms and alcohol under the same roof.
Incidentally, the proposal was unanimously recommended to the village board by the planning commission, but those who attended the public meeting labeled it as a recipe for disaster.
Frank Trilla, the Mayor of Willowbrook, had to intervene to exercise control over the opposition while the backers of the Chicago Gun Club and Training Facility outlined their plans to placate those who were resisting.
One of the residents, who happens to live near the proposed location, does not approve of the plan and has several reasons for it. His worries are related to lead pollution, and noise pollution apart from possibilities of a misfired or stolen weapon. To top it all, there could be problems associated with the easy access of alcohol because humans have a tendency to be irresponsible and plans of a gun club in the neighborhood should not be pursued.
While the idea of a gun range where gun lovers and local officers can come to unwind and relax is relatable cause, this isn’t the way to do it.
It is being argued that it will open more job opportunities as well as giving the community a place to engage with shooting actives, while helping the local economy.
As to having a bar attached to the gun range, they clarified that the facility of serving alcohol would be an exclusive one to cater to only the top-tier members. There will also be a condition – anyone who drinks will not be allowed to shoot.
The location of the proposed gun range would be nearby of hotels, a church, and homes because these are locations that the residents feel to be important. Frank Trilla, the Mayor of Willowbrook, is impressed by gun clubs but many of the residents do not share his thinking and hope to convince the village board to reconsider the decision. Gun laws in America are liberal and owning a gun for self-defense is normal. Therefore, there have to be ranges where the owners can go to practice and sharpen their skills. These ranges should preferably not serve any alcohol because such a setup could invite unforeseen incidents and disturb the peace of the surroundings.
As long as they were able to completely, 100% prevent anyone who is intoxicated from pulling out their firearm and hitting the range, then that might be fine. However, people are unpredictable, and you can’t always tell if someone has been drinking or not. So how exactly will they prevent it? Will they breathealyze every person who comes up to request range time?
There are so many factors that need to be considered in this case.
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