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Bullets and Booze — A Good Mix?

A Powder Springs gun shop plans to open a firing range that serves alcohol.

As the Huffington Post reports, “Bullets and booze: What could go wrong?” Some people have their concerns.

A few days ago, Governor’s Club gun shop in Power Springs, Ga. received approval from the city council to open a firing range - and to serve alcohol in the gun club. According to WSBTV, the owner said the idea is not all that controversial since under Georgia law gun owners can take their guns into restaurants. The range is preportedly instituting safety measures, such as not allowing a patron to return to the range once he or she has ordered a drink.

So what do you think? Are bullets and booze a mix?

Ryan Smith (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
To me this is a no-brainer. I have no problem with gun ownership, but I have a big problem with people carrying guns into the same places where they drink. I've known many guys I wouldn't trust with a dish towel once they'd had a few, let alone a firearm.
Watts September 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This is an insane idea. End of story.
carolyn cowan September 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I guess they haven't thought this thru yet. Do you not realize these two don't go together. Plenty of accidents waiting to happen so I hope the police will be on standby.
Scott Terry September 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
In this country, more people die from drunk driving than drunk firearm accidents. In fact, more people die from drunk driving than all firearm related deaths. The majority of firearm deaths are caused by criminals. A lot of those criminals are "restricted by gun laws" so of course, they aren't allowed to have firearms. Yea! Whatever! You never know who's drunk and driving toward you or entering an intersection. At least you are forewarned before entering this Bar & Range. Don't like it? Don't go. Don't want to risk dying on the road from drunk driving? Stay home.
Ryan Smith (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Scott, The drunk driving thing is a false equivalency. Just because some people illegally drink and drive doesn't make it a good idea to serve alcohol at a firing range.
Brian Crawford September 25, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Who on earth would insure this?
Watts September 25, 2012 at 08:49 PM
That has to be the dopiest analogy that I have ever heard. Most Americans are traveling in a car at some point, almost every single day. How many Americans do you think are out firing guns every single day? Maybe .00001% I am sure that the number of people killed in car accidents that are not drug or alcohol related, is also actually higher than gun related deaths. That was such a laughable analogy, that a 8th grader could see the lack of equivalency. Time to go back and get that GED, Scott.
Shane Reynolds September 25, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Hell has just frozen over, but I agree with Brian. The "controversy" is simply the Atlanta media having a slow news day. These two businesses could be right next to each other in a shopping center, and it wouldn't be that big of a deal. The range will make you sign that you acknowledge that once you enter the bar, you cannot come to the range. I would just about guarantee that range will be one of the most sober ones out there. All of the above being said, what company would write the insurance for this? If something ever did go wrong, all you would hear would be the same ignorance we're hearing on the news (i.e. people thinking it's going to be okay to shoot a little, drink a little, shoot a little). Mixing these two genres is usually done at more of a hunting club outside suburbia, not right next to a neighborhood. On the other hand, if I were to move to Powder Springs, this would be one of the first neighborhoods I would take a look at.
Sportsfan September 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Progressive would. The CEO is a major Obama supporter. You know what I mean? He's A DUMMY!
NJ4America September 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM
So uh...Shane. What are you saying. Just a tad bit ALL OVER the map. Have you been drinking?
Tammy Osier September 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
According to the policy there, once a person goes into the lounge and buys a drink, they are not allowed back on the range. if they enforce that, then I would imagine that it would be no different tha nsomeone going to a lounge or bar and watching a ballgame while having a few beers. It's a novel idea. Got to give them that.
John B September 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM
So once you have a drink you are no longer permitted on the range with your weapon...which means you can now only shoot the folks in the bar you are tossing a few back with.....am I understanding this right. If that's the case I think this is a great idea!
Tammy Osier September 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM
That did cross my mind....lol I didn't say I agreed with it, just that that's what I heard. Sounds more like the old west lolol
Rex Smithers September 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Yea John B because that happens everyday in bars where anyone can carry a firearm in with them. Why is this different than any other situation where "booze" is being served? Answer - It isn't. Hell... they should let you smoke weed after you shoot your AK. You'll be at peace with everyone and then fall asleep. Some people really show their imagination once a scenario is before them.
John B September 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Rex...the only thing I'm imagining right now is that by the grace of god you haven't reproduced. By the way, I'm good with the right to bear arms. Now go smoke some weed bro....
Racer X September 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I think it's a great idea. Go shooting with your buddies, then relax with a couple beers. I don't see the problem.
Susan September 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I thought South West Atlanta already did this-killing of the day news. Are they going to have a strip club moving next door too! Of course a day care down the street would be interesting, now that the parent is drunk, with a gun, driving and picking up their kids. Cars and booze is bad enough-please not guns. Their or in the field-booze doesn't mix with shooting or fishing.
Rex Smithers September 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
John B, I said "they should let you smoke weed".
Ryan Smith (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Okay, folks. First comment deleted for making personal attacks. I'm going to ask everyone to keep it civil. Most people are doing so, and I thank you. Some folks are skating the line, and I'll ask you to disagree in a respectful manner. Don't insinuate that someone is stupid just because you differ on this issue.

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