- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2014

A gun range in Georgia is offering children a chance to take a photograph with Santa Claus — with a twist.

The Santa at Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range will be outfitted with either an AK-47, AR-15, FN-SCAR-17, or another available firearm of the child’s choice.

“I’m not trying to send a message,” range co-owner Robyn Marzullo told ABC’s Atlanta affiliate. “It’s just about having a good time, getting into the holiday spirit and giving back to the community. Our customers and the people who support us will love to do something different for the holidays.”

The range said in a statement that only those over the age of 18 will be allowed to hold guns while having their pictures taken by Santa. Children won’t be allowed to actually hold the guns, and those under the age of 12 face even more restrictions, the affiliate reported.

Predictably, the photo op event has its detractors.

“What kind of parent would you have to be to want your child to pose for a picture with Santa with a gun,” one commenter wrote on the ABC affiliate’s Facebook page after it posted the story.

Another wrote: “This is sickening!!! What does guns have to do with Christmas or Santa … for that matter as far as the real meaning of Christmas. no wonder our country is in the shape it is in.”

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