Scottsdale Gun Club offers photo opportunity with Santa

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 12:10 PM

PHOENIX -- Apparently Santa Claus likes guns.
 
“There's not many places where you can see Santa and have a machine gun in your hands at the same time,” said Norm Stalsperg while standing in line at the Scottsdale Gun Club on Sunday to take a picture with the jolly fellow surrounded by or holding an arsenal of weapons.
 
“It is the first time we've done it, but there are years in the past where we're like, darn we missed it, so we're glad we got it done this time. It was really fun,” said Sara Suarez, who just got a picture taken with her whole family.
 
“It's actually pretty fun, you've got the guns with Santa and everything and you get to hold them, just a fun family event,” said Scott Daugherty after taking a family photo with Santa as well.
 
This is the third year the gun club has offered this "Santa and machine guns" photo opportunity.

While some people find the idea of posing with Santa and guns inappropriate, the line out the gun club’s door proves gun aficionados love it.
 
“We got here about an hour early to make sure because last year the line was really crazy and we decided not to stay, so we figured we better come early this year, we were about third or fourth in line and we're off to breakfast and ready to ship these pictures off to our family,” said a woman by the name of Abby on her way out.
 
The club offered only two opportunities to get pictures with Santa, Nov. 17 and Dec. 2.

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