A planned Georgia gun range is coming under heavy scrutiny after being approved to sell alcohol on its grounds.
According to WSB-TV, residents are concerned about guns falling into the wrong hands after the Powder Springs, Ga., City Council approved a liquor license for The Governor's Club, a $3.5 million facility under construction, by a 4-1 decision Monday. The decision will allow the club to serve alcohol in a lounge, which the owners say will be gun-free.
The approval has nearby residents up in arms, so to speak.
"I mean, that's just stupid," Traci Hart told WSB-TV. "... We don't need drunk people running around in and out of the neighborhood."
One of the club's owners, Kristina Brown--who also owns Lakeside Guns Shop in Acworth, Ga., with her husband, Bert Brown--said it's not as black-and-white as some make it out to be.
Kristina Brown told the city council that guns would not be allowed in the lounge, nor would alcohol be allowed outside the range, and customers who enter the lounge may not be allowed back on the range. A gun valet system with lockers will be available, Kristina Brown said, and customers will be allowed to leave the club with their guns.
"Customers will have to order a drink with their identification card and once the card is accepted, and flagged, they cannot be checked back into the range that day," Kristina Brown said in a statement to WSB-TV. "... Georgia Law allows persons with gun permits to bring their weapon into a restaurant that serves alcohol, we are taking it even a step further."