Jim and Genny Hornsby are native Georgians who spent their career in the garment business, serving customers internationally from showrooms in New York City, Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta. When retirement came calling, the Hornsby’s instead chose to embark on a new career in the retail firearms industry. Jim has always had an interest in guns, so in 2001 the Hornsby’s started their new business working gun shows, and quickly became one of the largest gun show retailers in the Southeast. Then, in early 2013, Main Street Guns and Range opened in Lilburn. Nearly five years later, with an inventory of approximately 3,000 guns, they currently host the largest selection of guns in the region.
The state of Georgia is favorable to gun rights, and of course, a lot of customers collect firearms as a hobby or for leisure use. But what also brings many customers to their door is a heightened awareness of crime, and the growing desire to protect themselves. Purchasing a firearm can be an intimidating experience, but the Hornsby’s take a lot of pride in their facility, and strive to create a positive environment where all shoppers are comfortable. It might seem like minor details, but the clean, crisp showroom, tasteful animal décor in the hunting area, and even the pristine restrooms were designed to be especially positive for women. Currently, about 38% of Main Street’s customers are women, which makes Jim and Genny very proud.
Main Street Guns and Range focuses on customer relations and training. The on-site gun range is frequently remodeled to make sure it is not just appealing, but also safe for all customers. There is a classroom on-site where customers can register for day-long gun safety courses taught by employees that are NRA-Certified Trainers. Customers can also try out a firearm before purchasing, thanks to a selection of 120 rental guns. In addition, they have a large selection of like-new firearms. Whether the guns come to the store via buy, sell, or trade, each weapon is inspected and tested to ensure safety and performance. Used guns are a great option for new gun owners since they offer a less-expensive, but still high-quality firearm.
With a full-time compliance officer (unusual for a retail establishment), and regularly scheduled ATF inspections, the Hornsby’s and their staff have earned the trust and respect of their customers over the last five years. Community involvement is also important, and you can meet the team and grab range passes and gun safety information at the Main Street Gun and Range booth at most community events in Lilburn and Snellville.
More information at mainstreetfirearms.com