December 12, 2014

Don't worry, the range owner said. "Safety is our priority." Uh huh:

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Families will be able to snap a photo with Santa Claus and a firearm of their choice at a Sandy Springs gun range Saturday.

Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range will host the event where families can pose with Saint Nick and their choice of an AK-47, AR-15 or FN-SCAR-17.

Gun range co-owner Robyn Workman Marzullo said they have already gotten positive feedback from customers about the upcoming event.

“It’s not trying to send a message,” said Marzullo. “It’s just about having a good time, getting into the holiday spirit and giving back to the community.”

Families are encouraged to bring canned food to the event. All donations will benefit the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center.

“Our customers and the people who support us will love to do something different for the holidays,” said Marzullo.

But the event isn't without its controversy. When Channel 2 Action News posted the story on Facebook it drew hundreds of comments. Many focused on the notion that families are invited. Posters questioned parents who would bring their children. Others called it sickening and sad.

"Firearms are such a hotly debated item that you're going to have people on both sides of the fence and you're going to have opinions flying," said Casey Retterer, who works at the gun range.

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