In a city known as "Guntown, USA" for a law requiring residents to own and maintain a firearm, it's only fitting that a new firing range is coming to town.
The Kennesaw Gun Club and Range is set to open around the 2011 holiday season and will be the city’s only in-town firing range.
The club is expanding from its first location, the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range, to the city of Kennesaw, where $3.8 million will go into transforming 23,000 square feet into 21 lanes and three separate ranges, including one for tactical shooting with moving targets.
The facility will be located at the intersection of Kennesaw Due West Road and Cobb Parkway.
Club co-founders and sisters Cara Workman and Robyn Workman Marzullo said they wanted to provide a safe facility for hobbyists, hunters and those interested in self-protection to practice shooting and safe gun-handling without having to travel miles outside the city limits.
The sisters also said they wanted to create a space where women could feel comfortable.
“Women especially will benefit from learning at the range,” said Marzullo. “Many women buy guns for protection but don’t know how to use them.”
“We are very pleased that the Sandy Springs Gun Club chose our community for its newest location," said Bob Fox, the city's Director of Economic Development. "The club will have a very positive impact on the economy offering the highest quality facility and service. Kennesaw is a safe, welcoming community with a proven respect for responsible gun ownership, so the club will be a great addition.”
Kennesaw Police Chief William Westenberger added, “I’ve had a chance to visit the Sandy Springs location and was very impressed and excited to have the gun club coming to the Kennesaw community.”
The range will offer individual, family and corporate memberships. Other facilities will include a members-only lounge complete with leather furniture, card tables, plasma TVs and Wi-Fi, a classroom equipped with a Firearms Training Simulator and a retail counter offering a variety of firearms and accessories available for purchase.
Additionally, the venue will be available for rental for private parties and corporate events.