Gun Shop Near Bar & Bowling Alley: Do You Mind?

Does it matter where local gun shops are located?

A relatively new gun store in Elk Grove, Shootin Shack Guns, became a topic of conversation in an Elk Grove Online posting this week.

The discussion comes in the wake of last Friday's  The original poster in the forum, calcanuck, says: 

"I am compelled to ask why there is a new gun shop in the same complex as Strikes Bowling, Coaches bar, and California Fitness? Who thought that was a good idea? How can we get this business moved?" 

Many of the ensuing comments go on to defend the business -- some saying that there's nothing wrong with having a gun shop in that location and others pointing to the current economy, in which landlords must take any tenant they can get. 

"Why would we want it moved?" asks one commenter. "As far as I know they have done nothing illegal." 

Calcanuck goes on to explain that he/she would prefer a gun shop not be near a bar or family entertainment center. 

"Interesting that many people piped in about a tattoo shop not be allowed in old town because of the 'clientele' it would attract," wrote calcanuck. "But guns stores no problem!" 

Another Elk Grove gun store, The Gun Room, is located in a mostly industrial area in southern Elk Grove.

What do you think of the location? Problematic, or a non-issue? 

Tom Brown December 19, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It's certainly far less threatening than a tattoo parlor (sarcastic font).
Mario December 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Jan- feel free to get a clue. If you work with children already then you are fully aware of the games that are available at every major department store and online that encourage shooting, being a pimp, beat a hoe, running over innocent pedestrians, and the list goes on. Children are already being numbed down by the violience in games, music videos, and movies.If they walk out of Strikes and see a gun shop it means nothing to them. None of your children that you work with have a chance of obtaining a gun from this gun store, NOT A CHANCE. Your logic is illogical. Now our mayor has joined other mayors in some new legistlation. This is all polictical gobblygook . If he really believed and had a passion for this subject we would have heard from him on this before. In the Oklahama bombing fertilzer was used, is that next? How about some legistlation for some mental health programs?
Rico December 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Let's also ban Pac Man as it promotes eating disorders. Minecraft encourages reckless digging. Whack A Mole does nothing but train kids to abuse animals, and Tetris dehumanizes L shaped blocks!
Jeff Thurman December 21, 2012 at 04:25 AM
love your post jim. this is all a lot of hot air based on a recent event. i hate when a national issue is used to try and push someones personal agenga on a local level.
robert January 08, 2013 at 06:30 AM
I have serious concerns about having a bowling alley next too a gun shop! I think the Strike's Bowling Alley is a bad influence on the gun shop! In March of 2011 a major fight broke out at Strikes and In June of 2011 there was a serious hate crime! I really don't think we should have that kind of business around a gun shop! Does this sound about as crazy as the first response to this article?


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