published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Ammo maker won't relocate close to Chickamauga day care

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    Paul Chapman stands on at the site of a former garden supply on LaFayette Road at which Chapman hoped to open a gun range in this file photo.
    Photo by Tim Omarzu /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Businessman Paul Chapman on Wednesday withdrew an application to move his handgun and rifle ammunition manufacturing operation across the road from a Chickamauga day care.

Chickamauga Zoning Administrator Jim Powell said he received a fax from Chapman withdrawing his proposal to move North Georgia Firearms & Ammunition from its current Fort Oglethorpe location.

"I think he made the right decision," said Sharon Armour, the director of the Academy for Little People day care.

Armour rallied parents to oppose Chapman's initial plan to build an outdoor shooting range behind a metal-sided building at 1568 LaFayette Road that previously housed G&H Farm & Garden supply.

Chapman said he pulled his proposal because parents threatened to take their children out of the day care if his business was across the road.

"I don't want to cause Sharon any grief," he said.

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