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Powder Springs Gun Club Explains Alcohol Sales

After being granted a license to serve drinks by the City Council, the owners posted the following message on their site, GovernorsGunClub.com. Patch has published it unedited below.

Governors Gun Club has been granted permission to obtain a serving license in our members lounge. The lounge is not available to the general public or all club members. The lounge is only accessed by key cards issued to a limited group of members (Full Metal Jacket Members).

All food and beverage services will be charged to the member’s account allowing tracking of their beverage purchases. Once a beverage is purchased on the customer’s account, the account is flagged and they cannot be checked into the range that day.

Full Metal Jacket Members who wish to have a drink after shooting have available to them Gun Valet Service. This service allows their firearms to be stored in the facility vault until a future visits. Additionally, the members with the required level of access to the lounge have member lockers available to them.

Georgia law provides that persons with permits may carry firearms in restaurants and bars that serve alcohol; however, more stringent rules and measures are being implemented in the club. Service is not available to the general public or all club members, it is only available to a limited group of members. 

Members CANNOT drink and shoot, drink then shoot, or drink while in possession of a firearm. Members have strict contractual rules of their membership privileges that address facility conduct including drinking.

The members lounge is not a bar and will not be used as one. This is a relaxing social atmosphere for members to enjoy food and limited drinks responsibly. Irresponsible and excessive drinking will not be tolerated by members, and will not be served by the staff. Members must be responsible firearm owners and responsible drinkers; otherwise they will not be patrons or members at the facility.

Most of the City Council Members and the Mayor are satisfied with guidelines and measures we are taking to insure a safe environment. Opposition was from council member Nancy Hudson who votes against ALL alcohol applications. Two citizens spoke in opposition to the application. One simply stated that “Alcohol and firearms do not mix.” The second person to speak did not address the application, rather their interpretation and opinion of a specific council member’s comment.

We know that unfortunately not everyone who owns a firearm exercises the necessary responsibility, but most firearm owners accept the obligation and grave responsibility that goes along with gun ownership. We also know that alcohol can and is often abused by many; however, it is unfair for some to assume that everyone who drinks is incapable of exercising personal responsibility and restraint and would choose to make that decision for everyone.

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Quiet Professional September 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I commend the owners for their thoughtful, reasoned response to this tempest in a teapot. I'll be following up with them shortly about a membership. @Carol: Every single day, restaurants and bars serve alcholic beverages to patrons who arrive in their cars and, responsibly enjoy a drink or two, and leave in their cars. Unless you are a teetotaling prohibitionist (and I would surmise you are) who wants to ban ALL sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages, the answer is simply to have the right policies in place discouraging driving -- or engaging in any other potentially hazardous activity -- while impaired. Clearly, the club's ownership has thought this through--their policies are far tighter than any bar's or restaurant's will ever be.
Oldtimer September 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Quiet......great reply!
John Wagner September 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Anyone of legal age can do that anywhere that alcohol is served. For that matter, they can drink in the home, then leave to go somewhere drunk. For people like you and Nancy Hudson, it's a lose, lose, lose situation anyway you look at it.
longtime resident September 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
the 2 dissenting votes DO represent a lot of people in Powder Springs
Carol September 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
For some reason my earlier reply did not post. I will attempt part of it again. I am far from a teetotaling prohibitionist. In fact, I WELCOMED the vote on Sunday alcohol sales. I thought it was high time that the state of Georgia got into the 21st century. I have concerns not only for the citizens and the drivers in the area, one of whom could be ME or my daughter with her little girls, but also for the owners of the firing range. It opens them up to a tremendous liability. They are putting a boatload of money into this venture. I hate to see it go to some greedy "victim" and an ambulance chasing attorney. I really had to laugh at the "teetotaling prohibitionist" comment. That's the funniest, and most incorrect, thing anyone has called me in many years. Thanks for the laugh.

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