Wednesday, July 2 2014, 08:05 PM CDT
Colorado restaurant servers armed with guns
MONTROSE, Colorado -- Servers at one Colorado restaurant are not just packing pen, pad and an apron. They're also packing heat.
Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado is catching national attention because its servers are allowed to carry guns.
"It doesn't bother me at all. I feel safe when they have their guns, I mean, it's not a threat to me," Michael Alexander, a patron at the restaurant, said.
Guns are locked and loaded as you sit down to place your order at Rifle's very own Shooter's Grill.
From the artwork to the firearms, you will find guns all around the restaurant.
"It's not a gimmick. It's a way of life here, actually, until recently, nobody said much about it," owner Lauren Boebert said.
Boebert said the idea to open carry a gun her restaurant started off as a way of exercising her own Second Amendment rights and it caught on with her employees.
"I don't see why you should have to hide the fact that you own a firearm or hide the fact that you're wearing one, so I absolutely love what we're doing here," she said.
Patrons need not be alarmed for their safety, guns are strapped tightly in their holsters and have special release buttons to help avoid unwanted accidents.
"If anything were to happen, I don't think any of us would need to unholster our firearms. We have so many patrons that conceal carry, open carry, I believe that someone would be on the ground before someone would we could even get our firearm out of our holster," the owner said.
Anyone carrying a gun is trained to conceal carry and the bullets are defense grade so they can not do too much damage.
"A lot of people are shocked that I carry such a big gun and everyone wants to ask questions and their first question is always do you know how to shoot it? And I do," she said.
The business has got strong supporters and some quiet opposition, but for the most part, the Rifle community applauds Shooter's strong stance on Second Amendment rights.
"It's something that we support. Not only has it been proven to create a safer environment, but we believe now is a good time for people to start exercising some of the liberties that they have forgotten about," she said.