The national gun-control debate has come to the Atlanta City Council as it eyes a proposal that would make it harder to open indoor shooting ranges.
The council is taking up the issue as Douglasville-based Stoddard’s Range and Guns looks to open an Atlanta location near Atlantic Station, converting a dilapidated plumbing supply company into a nearly 30,000-square-foot range and retail store. But some residents of Loring Heights, a niche neighborhood known for its young families, have turned to the city council to halt the project.
“I think there is a perception thing. Obviously some people in my neighborhood have a political bent and they don’t like the idea and premise and morals of [guns],” said Ron Grunwald, land use chairman for the Loring Heights Neighborhood Association. “But some of us know we live in Georgia.”
Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, whose district includes Loring Heights, introduced legislation last week that would require shooting ranges to be at least 800 feet from private residences, churches, schools, libraries and hospitals. That proposal gained steam Tuesday with the unanimous approval of the council’s public safety committee. It is expected to be taken up by the city council as early as next week.