You can take them off but then you either have the screws ground down (your shop might do this) or get new screws from the same binding with no lifters. Some shops are concerned with liabilities and won't do it, so you may have to do it yourself, if you can.
I have lifters on my bindings and I don't think its much of a big deal...
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