The Colorado waitresses who tote food -- and firearms

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The town is called Rifle. The grill is called Shooters. So it's no surprise that the waitresses have an unusual dress code, CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports.

"I am carrying a Ruger 357 Blackhawk," said Ashlee Saenz, a waitress at Shooters. "I like the old style revolvers, and I just like big guns."

When owner Lauren Boebert started carrying a gun openly, which is legal in most parts of Colorado, the waitresses accessorized as well.

Dusty Sheets carries a Smith and Wesson 9 mm. Jessie Spaulding favors a Glock 9.

Boebert insists that the women be properly trained to protect -- and serve.

"There's room for errors in a lot of ways, so the best training is the best way to prevent those," Boebert said.

When asked about the possibility of a waitress shooting a customer, Bobert told CBS News, "we would go through extreme circumstances before that was our final option."

The Lacy family was split on the pistol-packing ladies when they visited. Jill was nervous.

"Uh, it's a little intimidating," she said. But nine-year-old Axel said he felt safer.

"They could just defend themselves and the store," he argued.

In Colorado, open carry requires no permit. A concealed weapon does.

And if you want to take it to the next level, Shooters offers the sidearm sandwich special. For $75 you can get a class on how to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon, along with a burger.

As Petersen says, these waitresses work in Colorado: the Old West, and if you can't handle them packing heat, get out of the kitchen.

"Maybe if someone wandered in from New York City, from Washington D.C., they might be a little worried, said Doug Yajko, an area doctor. "But the local people, plus the people in western Colorado, are not going to be worried by someone with a handgun."

When you see the shooters at Shooters, our advice is to leave a really good tip.