A gun club in Scottsdale, Arizona is inviting children to pose for pictures with Santa Claus – and a high-powered firearm.
Each family member carries their choice of weapon, from pistols to $80,000 machine guns.
Starting young: A baby reaches for a gun in a photograph taken at the first Christmas photo event last year.
Describing the event, the club says: ‘Families and gun enthusiasts from around the Valley will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be photographed next to Santa while against a backdrop of a stunning $80,000 Garwood mini-gun and SGC’s coolest belt fed machine guns including the M60, M249 and M240.’
‘I think it’s going to be all in fun from those who support the second amendment and those who don’t,’ said gun club member Richard Jones.
‘Whether you’re a gun advocate or not, you should have a lot of fun with it.’
This is the second year in a row the Scottsdale Gun Club has held the startling photo opportunity – although they have now doubled the cost to $10.
Last year, hundreds of gun enthusiasts turned up for the event and just one person turned down the gun option, according to club member Jennifer Dove.
‘There’s a huge community that’s interested in firearms as a sport and a hobby,’ Dove said.
‘There’s no reason they can’t express their holiday spirit and their passion for that hobby.’
The club’s general manager Ron Kennedy added: ‘Our members and guests enjoyed the concept and we are delighted to bring it back again this Holiday season.
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