Tyrone takes gun safety seriously!
Tyrone commissioners and council agree, with very little opposition, that a Firearm Safety School, with an indoor practice range, will serve the community and their police officers well. The South Atlanta Gun Club will provide handgun owners a safe place to learn proper handling, operation, and storage of their fire arms. This $1.5M facility will have state of the art sound absorption and ballistic capturing (the lead bullet is encapsulated in a rubber substance, it doesn’t hit the wall and break up, releasing harmful particulates into the air), not to mention one of the safest shooting ranges ever built. It will be constructed of solid concrete walls lined with steel plating and thick ballistic rubber. Other shooting ranges in Georgia are typically existing buildings that are “converted” into gun ranges, to save money. Not in this case, it has been professionally designed from the ground up.
Working in this facility will be experienced gun smiths, certified instructors, and ex-military personnel to provide education and safe shooting techniques for men, woman and children. The Owner, Rusty Morris, who previously worked for the Sherriff’s Department, has many years of experience with gun ranges. One in particular, the Wolf Creek Shooting Complex, where the 1996 Olympic shooting competition was held. That’s right, shooting is an Olympic event! Now, over 14 months into the project, Mr. Morris assures his attention to detail as he builds this incredible facility, over and above the minimum standards and guidelines set forth by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), along with local police Chief, Brandon Perkins, who has offered security measures that will help eliminate any possibility of a break-in.
But not everybody is happy about this. Losing council applicant, Pota Couston and neighbor Beverly Clopton made accusations that a gun range is unsafe, yet they never participated in one. With no data to support their claim, and with very little support on their behalf, their claims fell on deaf ears. The River Oaks Subdivision, where the two reside, is 4.6 miles from the commercial property where the range is to be built.
Local home owners from the Southampton subdivision, 400 feet from this commercial district, showed mixed emotion during the council’s vote. The council meeting on March 1st was to vote on adding guidelines to the already C-2 zoning description, which gun shops and indoor ranges have already been approved for. Several residents’ thought it was a good idea, most of the residents’ didn’t care either way, but a small group lined up and repeatedly voiced their concerns on two issues, noise and safety. But again, no statistics or documentation was presented to support their claim. Nevertheless, after investigating the issue, it was found that noise measurements were recorded at the property, prior to the meetings, that revealed normal traffic noise from the highway (Hwy 74) is louder than noise measured outside of an existing indoor shooting range in Fayetteville, which is an older building converted into a range. Since noise was proven not to be a factor, the only issue left was safety. A bullet from any handgun cannot penetrate a solid concrete wall and leave the building, even if one would try to do so, so it is still unclear what their safety concern actually was. The ambiguous statement of, “It’s just unsafe,” didn’t seem to get much attention. You can view the meeting on You Tube.
Many of the home owners in the Southampton subdivision admit there is a problem with morality in their neighborhood. There are reports of gun shots, armed robbery, domestic violence, and even a case of child molestation. Police reports confirm these cases are true and actual. Maybe if everybody was trained to protect themselves and their family, some of this violence could have been avoided? Maybe if word gets out that the city of Tyrone is trained and ready to protect itself, the bad guys will think twice before entering our neighborhoods? Other cities with shooting ranges and gun shops reported that crime was reduced. Do your homework. Be safe out there. And don’t forget to pick up your brass!