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Businessman works to bring bullets and beer under one roof in Deadwood


Greg Vecchi, a gun shop owner, is working on expanding his gun shop to have more of the things that he enjoys. "I came up with the Deadwood's sports complex and so the idea behind it is to have outdoor range," said Vecchi.

He and Blake Haverberg, his business partner, are renovating the Gallows Building located on Lee Street, one block over from Main Street in Deadwood. This project includes a shooting-outdoor range, a shooting-indoor range, a classroom for instruction, and a saloon.  

Vecchi says the saloon has caused some concern, but he is prepared. "And that presents a problem in itself, because Deadwood is a place to come to party," he said. "In order to counter that, if someone is going to shoot a gun not only are they going to be supervised by an NRA Range Officer, they are also going to have to blow in a breathalyzer. We're going to require that they blow a zero, zero."

Jessica Forbes, a gun enthusiast, says guns and alcohol shouldn't be put together. "Personally I think alcohol and guns don't mix, in any circumstances no matter what is going on in the situation they just don't," said Forbes.  

She says she wouldn't go to a shooting range with a bar.  "I think that people are still going to be able to get around it, there's always going to be a way to get around any precautions," said Forbes. 

Haverberg says safety is a top priority for them in this endeavor. "Our focus is going to be training and safety," he said.

He says he is confident this project will be good for Deadwood. "Deadwood always has been a fun place to come to, a lot of things to do, a lot of historic buildings and now we are going to of a whole new range of entertainment for Deadwood."

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