Published 2:16 p.m. MT May 14, 2019 | Updated 9:43 a.m. MT May 15, 2019
Gilbert's new indoor shooting range, that includes a rooftop bar and restaurant, will have zero tolerance for mixing guns and alcohol, according to its chief development officer.
Gun Club 82 owner Rod Ghani didn't initially respond when The Arizona Republic wrote about new venue earlier this month.
But the club's chief development officer, Mark Johnson, said he wanted to make it clear the two will not meet. There will be physical barriers, as well as electronic ones.
"We have incorporated strict policies, procedural controls, human and electronic surveillance and a proprietary automation system that records and logs every single bar patron in the facility," Johnson said. "This system will then flag that customer to all Gun Club 82 employees and will electronically deny that person’s access to any and all live-fire gun range facilities for 24 hours. No exceptions."
That denial extends to anyone in the same party as the person who purchased the alcoholic beverage, either at the club's restaurant, Ti Ammo, or the rooftop lounge.
"If anyone in the group orders an alcoholic beverage, you’re sort of sealed to his fate because you can’t be 100 percent certain someone isn’t going to hand a drink over to someone," Johnson said. "We’ll take IDs and once they’re entered in the system, if any one of those people go over to the live fire range and try to check in and shoot, they’ll be blocked."
Additionally, weapons will not be permitted in the restaurant or on the rooftop lounge. Rental lockers will be available.
The idea is for individuals and families to experience the live-fire gun range — which includes interactive shooting games and a real-time shooting motion analyzer — before taking part in the venue's food and drinks. The opposite is also available, with the exception of alcohol.
"We want it to look different, we want it to feel different while still maintaining the safety of traditional gun ranges," Johnson said. "The gun safety part of it is paramount."
He said they have absolute confidence in Gun Club 82's internal controls. What's trickier is human behavior.
"The outside risk in my mind of having someone drink at home or drink somewhere else and then show up with mints and showing no signs of impairment," Johnson said. "Controlling our internal client base and member activity, we can do that and we’ve got a very solid plan to do that. Bad behavior is always going to be bad behavior and to the degree that we can control that, we always will."
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Gun Club 82 is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2019 between Top Golf and Main Event, at Ray Road and Santan Village Parkway.
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