Thursday, May 26, 2011

Good News, Convenience

From the local fish wrap:
Indoor shooting range approved by county
A proposed indoor shooting range has received the blessing of Coweta County.
The Coweta County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Coweta County Board of Commissioners have approved a conditional use permit for an indoor shooting range and retail space on 4.4 acres on Amlajack Way, in the Shenandoah Industrial Park.
This is the first permit requested under the county's ordinance regulating gun ranges, which was approved in December 2009. The ordinance includes extensive requirements for safety and lead abatement, including compliance with all recommendations of the National Rifle Association. The property is currently zoned M-Industrial, as are all surrounding properties.
Gary DeGeorge plans to build a 20,625-square-foot building, with a 5,000-square-foot retail space and a 15,625-square-foot shooting range.
DeGeorge said plans are for 24 shooting lanes that "we may open with 16 and go to 24."
There will be guns available for patrons to rent, or they can bring their own.
"Good luck with it," said Chairman Rodney Brooks. "Maybe we can put pictures of commissioners' faces" on the targets," Brooks joked.
As the location in question is about 5 miles from my house, I'm pretty hopeful they can get this venture off the ground. It would be nice to have an indoor range close by for rainy days and casual practice; the range to which I usually go is about 25 miles away. It's close enough to be convenient for a "formal" range day, but a little inconvenient for a quick trip to pop off some .22's. Same goes for outdoor ranges around here and another indoor range a little south. Having an indoor range so close by would probably increase the amount of time I practice, which is never a bad thing. Heck, I might even be able to find the time to join a league.

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