A Georgia gun club will host a charity fundraiser on Saturday where families can pose with Santa Claus along with the weapon of their choice.
Pick one: An AK-47, a pistol or a Special Forces assault rifle.
The guns have been “inspected, unloaded and deactivated for safety,” and only people over the age of 18 will be allowed to hold them. And no one under the age of 12 will be allowed past the lobby at the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range.
The event has raised a few eyebrows, but this isn’t the first time that gun-totin’ families have posed with Santa Claus.
An annual event at the Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona allows mommies and daddies and kiddies holding “belt fed guns” guns to pose with St. Nick.
Two years ago the Arizona club folks told Fox News that they were just trying to add a little holiday spirit into people’s Second Amendment rights.
“Do you think there is a chance that this could spread to Easter and have the Easter Bunny and families with guns?” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade wondered at the time.
In Sandy Springs on Saturday, Santa’s visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the city’s Community Assistance Center.
“We’re not trying to treat guns like toys,” co-owner Robyn Workman Marzullo told WSB-TV in Atlanta.
“It’s not trying to send a message. It’s just about having a good time, getting into the holiday spirit and giving back to the community.”
Hundreds of comments about the event posted on the TV station’s Facebook page have been mixed.
Wrote one woman: “I think it's a great idea for a family picture ... love the gun toting santa!”
Wrote one male gun-owner: “I have guns too, but I don't worship them, I don't think I want my child to have a picture took with a gun weilding (sic) Santa ... That's a stupid idea ... point blank!”