Gun club breaks ground, another on way
by Marcus E. Howard
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Marietta resident Miguel Mir shows his Georgia Firearms License during a gathering conducted by Georgiacarry.org in 2008. <br> File photo
Marietta resident Miguel Mir shows his Georgia Firearms License during a gathering conducted by Georgiacarry.org in 2008.
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POWDER SPRINGS — Plans for two gun clubs remain on the drawing board in Cobb County, while gun permits have noticeably increased since the Colorado movie theater shooting.

With more than 100 people in attendance, Governor’s Gun Club, a planned gun and archery range, broke ground two weeks ago on the outskirts of Powder Springs at C.H. James Parkway at Sterlingbrooke Drive. Another gun club planned in Kennesaw reportedly remains in early planning stages.

Kristina Brown, who owns Lakeside Guns in Acworth, said her new $3.5 million, 19,100-square-foot gun club in Powder Springs is currently awaiting a state land disturbance permit. Once that is granted, construction will begin immediately and could be completed as early as Christmas, she said.

Brown said about 50 people have signed up for membership, which will begin at approximately $400 per year.

Governor’s Gun Club will feature 16 shooting lanes, a 30-yard indoor archery range, a classroom and an executive members lounge with billards, lockers, televisions and other amenities. The club will also be open to non-members.

Brown said she is also exploring opening a second gun club in the Kennesaw area.

Kennesaw has already been selected as the potential site for a gun club and shooting range by Cara Workman and Robyn Workman Marzullo, who operate the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range. Since last year, the sisters have been planning to build a facility on Kennesaw Due West Road near Cobb Parkway.

However, the planning process has fallen into limbo, said spokeswoman Mandy Nicholas. She said the project has run into some zoning issues with the city and also that the sisters have spent much of their attention on opening a second business in Norcross.

Meanwhile, Cobb has experienced a surge in concealed weapons permit applications since the shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo. on July 20, which killed 12 people and wounded 58.

“We’ve noticed the surge from when we were doing 25 a day and we’re doing like 50 a day now since the shooting,” said Melinda Carter, supervisor of Cobb Probate Court’s firearms permit division.

Gun permits and sales have also reportedly spiked in other areas of the nation, including Colorado, where gun sale background checks increased by 41 percent after the tragedy, according to the Denver Post. The shooting has raised concerns from gun safety advocates about a need for new gun control laws, but the nation’s political leaders have been largely quiet on the issue.

Even before the Colorado shooting, a nationwide spike in gun sales had been reported. Industry experts and political analysts have noted that a similar spike occurred just before President Barack Obama took office, when some firearm buyers expressed fears that their gun rights would be curtailed.

Additonally, House Bill 89 took effect in July 2008, which expanded places where permit-holders can carry concealed weapons, to include restaurants that serve alcohol, on public transportation and in state parks.

Since 2008, permit applications in Cobb have increased annually from between 2,500 and 3,000 to between 5,000 and 8,000, said Carter.

In Georgia, adults age 21 or older do not need a license to own a gun, unless it is a concealed weapon carried outside one’s home, automobile or place of business, subject to certain restrictions.

In that case, a permit, or weapons carry license, is issued by a county probate court after proof of residency, fingerprinting, and state and federal criminal background checks have been successfully completed. A $72.25 application fee for the license, valid for five years, is required in Cobb.

There are four gun shows scheduled between now and January at the Cobb Civic Center, including two Eastman Gun Shows, which reported an overall record attendance at its traveling shows in 2011, according to its website.

Brown said she has noticed an increase in interest in guns from customers at her Acworth gun shop on Cobb Parkway, as well as a major increase in National Rifle Association membership.

“I just think more people are standing behind the Georgia carry (law) and Second Amendment – that’s what a lot of them are stating to me,” she said.
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VFP42
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July 30, 2012
They can have my guns! Bullets first, of course!
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
@Cobb Lib: News flash. The current government is not out of control, you believe that because a Democrat is in office. Could it be that you are just another bitter repuke who would rather have wars and just can't get over the beat down your tired old candidate and his running dope were handed in 2008? OR Are you bitter that the best the GOP can do is Romney who is the best of a very bad lot?
gun crazy...
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July 30, 2012
I'm not sure what is more terrifying....a loon going on a shooting rampage or the licensed gun owner attempting to shoot the loon. If you really think you could aim and shoot in the middle of chaos you are delusional. Law enforcement officers have to endure constant training along with annual target practice requirements, and they make mistakes all the time in the heat of the moment. I'm not knocking the police, but rather pointing out that trained professionals have a hard time so it's easy to see how 'Joe Six Pack' could accidentally blast innocents trying to be a hero.

I have a couple guns to protect my home, but unless all heck breaks loose there is no reason to carry guns everywhere I go. And stop whining about Obama taking your guns away because if you check out the stats on the purchases of guns you'll see more guns have been purchased during his term than any other time in history. You sheep are being fooled by the NRA to buy more guns. Check your facts and use your brains...not your guns.
okpeople
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July 30, 2012
The nice folks who sell guns, the legal way, have joked that they should give Obama the "Salesman of the Year" award. He has motivated more sales than anyone.
tired of it
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July 30, 2012
More people bought guns during his term because they were afraid that he would take our guns away. he is MUSLIM and not a true american and would love to destroy this country which he has already taken steps to do.
dustoff
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July 30, 2012
I am retired military and I can and will aim and shoot in the middle of chaos and hit my target.

If you cannot or are not willing to do this then you do not need to carry a weapon. Let alone use one.

I carry a weapon on my hip any time I leave my property and will continue to do so.

Just maybe if the nut in Co. saw a few armed people he may have decided to go home and rethink his plan.

Devlin Adams
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July 30, 2012
Some of us have been under fire and knwo how ro handles ourselves. Yeah, I ould take him out in the middle of chaos.

Just becuase you don't want to take your guns out of your hme does not make it uncumbent on everyone else to follow your lead.

You do your thing and I will do mine,.
jimboooooo
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July 30, 2012
Wait a second... so you are saying that President Obama didn't come to your house and take all of your guns? You are still allowed to purchase guns even though President Obama is in the white house. But I thought...
Mike Jones
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July 30, 2012
People like you are why people like me are getting carry permits.
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
DG in Clarkdale: The only reason you think the government is ever increasingly totalitarian is because a Democrat is in office? The second amendment was written at a time when militias were necessary. Not once since 1776 has the government been out of control, so I think you can give up the weak argument of a well regulated militia.
@cobb libtard
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July 30, 2012
Like hell the current government is not out of control. The populus should not fear its government, but the government should fear its populus. Google it.
2rights
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July 30, 2012
I Reapectfully disagree that "not since 1776" has our government been out of control. Do you not remember when people of Japanese descent were rounded up and put into "camps" during the world war?!?! Also, it doesn't matter when the constitution was written the second ammendment right to keep and bear arms exists and is meant to allow us to protect ourselves from our own government if needed., if you don't wish to exercise those rights so be it but why do you or anyone else want to force you views upon anyone else? If you don't like what's on the radio turn it off, if you don't like guns don't buy one but don't attempt to deny me or anyone else in this nation our guarenteed freedoms simply because you do not like something. The militia argument is weak and superfluous, should we also get rid of the amendment abolishing slavery since slavery hasn't existed for a few years? Why don't we focus out efforts to ban cigerettes or alcholhal as they kill more people everyday in this country than guns do. But wait, people have the right to smoke or drink don't they?
Gringo Bandito
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July 30, 2012
Ask the Japanese residents of California during WW2 if the government has ever been out of control.
D.G. In Clarkdale
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July 30, 2012
@Lib in Cobb, you presume too much! I hold in contempt anyone regardless of what party affiliation they have that do not adhere to the oath of office. I have a singular guide and that is based on principles enumerated in our founding documents, no more no less. Its the perversion of those founding principles I rail against and hold in utter contempt anyone who seeks to subvert the same. Yes the government is out of control and only the truly foolish would say otherwise. Sadly to say its rather obvious the education system failed you, but don't despair, ignorance isn't a sin, staying that way is....
CobbCoGuy
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July 30, 2012
@Lib

This is not meant to be trite or snarky, but the "arsenal" did not kill. James Holmes, the individual, was responsible.

In your heart of hearts, do you sincerely believe that gun control laws will prevent the unsavory folks from obtaining weapons?

Do you believe that law enforcement is capable of protecting every citizen 24/7? If not, then, in your mind, what are our options for self preservation?

A serious and civil discussion, please. No sniping.
SG68
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July 30, 2012
@CobbCoGuy

I agree wholeheartedly with your post

However,

I think your use of the word "sniping" in the last sentence of your post was either an unfortunate oversight or a deliberate attempt to neutralize your request for a serious and civil discussion on this issue.

I am still trying to make up my mind about your intentions.
CobbCoGuy
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July 30, 2012
@SG68

You are correct. A very poor choice of words on my part. You have no reason to believe me, but it was unintentional. If I could delete that I would.
SG68
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July 30, 2012
No worries.

I was just messing with you.

I assumed it was unintentional, but being kind of a wise guy I couldn't resist busting you chops a little.

As far as having a serious and civil discussion.

That becomes awfully difficult when people on the other side of the issue are so entrenched in their opinions and so overly emotional that they are not willing to even listen to or accept well documented facts that make mince meat out of their position on this issue.

The continuing attacks on our basic constitutional rights (not just gun rights) from the ultra liberal left is so distasteful to me I have a difficult time maintaining civil discourse on those issues.

Just one of my many minor personality flaws.

CobbCoGuy
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July 30, 2012
...busting my chops...LOL...everyone needs their chops busted now and then.

But, you and I are on the same wavelength. "Distasteful" is mild. Sometimes I think my head is going to explode!

Have a good'un!
Truth hurts
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July 30, 2012
Those liberals are good for a laugh! Stop all gun sales and the criminals and crazies will still get guns, there will just be extra crates of illegal guns comming in with all the drugs!
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
@sig Guy: Since you bill yourself as a legal gun owner , then why not join me in lobbying for very strict gun controls which would prevent people like James Holmes from acquiring firearms?

You are saying, buy guns to protect yourself from others who have guns.

The government has failed in keeping firearms out of the hands of those who would do harm.
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
@OKPeople: So, it seems that is is just fine with you that our government has failed in keeping people like James Holmes from amassing an arsenal. Two .40 calibre Glocks, an AR 15 and a 12 guage shotgun along with 6000 rounds of ammunition without a second glance from anyone.

I will repeat my self just for you. The second amendment was not written to make murder more efficient.

If you are a safety conscious, legal gun owner, why are you so opposed to very strict gun control laws which would keep people from committing mass murder?

Early American history has very little relevance to today's gun violence. It is you who should read and more importantly understand and absorb early American history. You must be a product of the third rate GA public school system. If not, then you didn't pay attention.
SIG GUY
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July 30, 2012
The major issue with even more strict gun control laws is the fact that the government will use those laws to eventually ban the legal purchase of all guns and ammunition.

There is nothing the government can do to ban the illegal purchase of guns.

By its very nature illegal gun sales ignore the laws in place no matter how strict or well enforced.

Just look at the jurisdictions with the most strict gun laws (i.e. New York, District of Columbia, Chicago, etc.).

Their violent crime rates and murder rates are the worst in the entire country. And most are committed using illegally obtained weapons.

That is the very legitimate concern of gun rights advocates.

It is commonly referred to as the "slippery slope"

The oft quoted "If guns are outlawed then only outlaws will have guns" is certainly cliche' but unfortunately is a very accurate statement that is easily substantiated by unfortunate experience and overwhelming statistical evidence..

All you have to do is look at the evidence.

Someone like this Holmes guy in Aurora, who is intent on doing harm to others, is not going to be dissuaded by strict gun laws.

D.G. In Clarkdale
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July 30, 2012
I couldn't disagree more. While firearm technology has changed since the founding of this "Republic", the underlying premise for the 2nd amendment has NOT changed. Your way of thinking would just make it more possible for an already increasingly totalitarian government to run amok. Think that's an extreme statement? While there are those lunatics that perpetrate crimes like those in Colorado, it pales in comparison to what a completely unchecked government would do. Franklin said it best pertaining to government and individuals such as yourself;

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."



As usual the big picture escapes the shortsighted....

Your energies would be better served in dealing with violence in the media, which has trivialized certain acts and glorified/sanction others, which I find much more dangerous to a civil society. But I guess blaming an inanimate object or restricting freedoms is easier than dealing with the harder underlying societal causes. Isn't it funny how certain types scream freedom of the press or expression but don't take responsibility for that expression which is profane, blasphemous, violent, perverse but has lasting negative effects on mind and heart.



southernbychoice
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July 30, 2012
Sig guy is absolutely right. Not only will the government be able to ban the sale of ALL guns, but would put them in a position to confiscate those owned legally. If I am not mistaken, the Colorado shooter purchased his guns legally - and a background check would have apparently not revealed any rea son to deny im the purchase. But if just one person had been armed int his theater, the sane as on the Univ of Va campus, while all deaths might not have been avoided, the number would have been much lower. If not a gun, the possibility of a bomb, chemical weapons, arson, etc can all be used to reach the final result. I for one do not want this government telling me what amendments are legitimate and which are not. We have already lost most of our rights under the constitution, this is just another step to totally anniliate our rights.
okpeople
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July 30, 2012
You need to learn the difference between murder and self defense. I have no intention of murdering anybody, but if you threaten me or my family and I feel that our lives are in danger I will not hesitate to shoot you in self defense.
CobbCoGuy
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July 30, 2012
To our Lib friend...

You stated "The common argument...is, "If only there had been an armed citizen..."

The funny thing is, that is undeniably true.
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
CobGuy: OK, so where were they?
CobbCoGuy
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July 30, 2012
Unfortunately, he/she was not there that night.
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
Oh yeah, this is what we need, more guns. The common argument in preventing gun violence such as the massacre in Colorodo is ,"If only there had been an armed citizen".

When a government permits its citizens to amass an aresenal, then that government has lost sight of its purpose.

I can now see the gun crazies lining up to quote the second amendment. The second amendment was not written to make murder more efficient. The second amendment is not a cloak of righteousness that the gun nuts can wrap themselves up in.
Southern Patriot
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July 30, 2012
Lib in Cobb:

When you're in a public place and you're attacked by a Thug please openly state your objection to concealed weapons so that I don't risk my life trying to save your Liberal Carcass.
okpeople
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July 30, 2012
The sheer ignorance of your comment is stunning. You need to reread early American history and see how the British government took whatever they wanted from the colonists and murdered anyone who resisted them. Our Founding Fathers thought that the future Government of this country should be afraid of its citizens, not the other way around. But I'm sure my comment is completely lost on you, a product of progressive government education.
SIG GUY
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July 30, 2012
Have you ever considered that shooting ranges and gun clubs are venues for individuals who view shooting as a sport or recreational activity?

For many gun owners self defense is a secondary consideration.

That being said

I am sure that the recent surge in gun sales is a knee jerk reaction to the Aurora tragedy, but I for one will not depend on anyone but myself to defend my loved ones.

Not my neighbor, not the cops, not a passer by, not a stranger.

Remember this, the cops only show up after an incident has occurred and the damage or harm has already been done.

In my opinion it is my primary RESPONSIBILTY to protect my family from harm.

Those who purchase guns legally and register for the appropriate permits are not the ones you need to fear.

Most, certainly not all (i.e. Aurora), crimes committed using a gun are committed by individuals who have obtained that weapon illegally.

USMC Vet
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July 30, 2012
Lib,

Couple of things. First, as a licensed gun owner, if I would have been in that theater, I do not know that I would have attempted to shoot the suspect. Why? What happens when a movie starts? They turn off the lights. While I am a gun owner, I am a responsible gun owner and I would not endanger others by attempting to take a shot in a darkened theater. If I would have missed and shot an unarmed civilian, then I would have been the one who would be standing in court.

The second is a question. While you are harping on modification to laws that infringe upon my 2nd Ammendment rights, what is your stance on things that really are not covered by the Constitution, such as drunk drivers, tobacco companies, illegal drugs, illegal immigrants (and I mean illegal immigrants, not undocumented workers). Or do you believe we should transform ourselves into an Orwelian society such as 1984?
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