A request for a conditional use permit to locate a shooting range and training facility in Banks County was approved Tuesday night by the board of commissioners.
The BOC approved the request from Elizabeth and James Shi for a conditional use permit for 44 acres on Line Church Road to locate the business. The vote was 4-1 with Sammy Reece, David Duckett, Danny Maxwell and Jimmy Hooper voting in favor of the request and Charles Turk voting against it.
Mr. Shi presented the request and said plans are to offer training, including classroom time and shooting range experience. The classes will be offered on an individual basis or in small groups. He will offer gun certification based on NRA standards. The hours would be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The firearms used will be less than .50 caliber.
“I have 34 years in the Marine Corps and it taught me about firearm safety,” Shi said.