LETTER: You won’t regret visiting Shooters
My name is Dustin Winegar. I’m not a resident of Colorado, but I frequent Rifle and enjoy reading the Post Independent over breakfast at Shooters Grill. I work for Legal Heat and travel the country, teaching concealed carry permit classes. I recently read the article in the PI about Shooters Grill, so I wanted to share some thoughts with you about it, from my own perspective.
First, let me explain how I found Shooters Grill.
In December 2013, I was eating lunch at a restaurant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was told by the manager to leave because I was wearing a firearm. It was somewhat embarrassing and also a shock, since I’ve openly carried a firearm all over the United States (where allowed by law) without any problems. The following week, I was in Grand Junction, Colorado, and I shared that story with a group of people who were attending a concealed carry class that I was teaching. A gentleman raised his hand and said, “You should eat at Shooters Grill in Rifle; they won’t tell you to leave.” He then explained that holstered guns are welcome in the restaurant and that the ladies who work there wear loaded firearms while they serve food. A short time later, I paid them my first visit.
To be honest, when I first walked into Shooters Grill, I thought the presence of loaded guns was just a fun and unique novelty, but I quickly learned that the carrying of guns is something that these ladies are as passionate about as I am, both on and off the clock. I also learned that the owner, Lauren Boebert, and her husband are deeply rooted in Christian values, which I immediately admired.
I now teach concealed carry permit classes, through Legal Heat, in the restaurant every other month. This way, customers who want to carry a firearm can come in and be trained on how to do so safely and within the law. These classes are only $75 and include a phenomenal dinner, prepared by the Shooters Grill staff.
Over the past seven months, the owner and staff of Shooters Grill have become dear friends of mine. I visit as often as my schedule allows and keep in touch with them between visits. I’m very impressed by their love and appreciation for freedom, as well as inspired by their strong, enthusiastic faith in the Lord. My friendship with them has also strengthened my own desire to be even more enthusiastically devoted to the Lord and I’m very grateful for that.
I would strongly urge anyone who has seen your article to pay a visit to Shooters Grill. Even those who are not comfortable with firearms have nothing to fear, since the gun safety rules are strictly obeyed and all loaded guns are holstered at all times. Those who do give it a try will be thanked by their taste buds and inspired by the friendly, happy, and outgoing people they will meet.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my letter, especially since I am not a resident of your beautiful state.
Yours sincerely and respectfully,
West Jordan, Utah
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