In 2009, a very popular public shooting range within the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, was closed over safety concerns. That left a lot of shooters without a place to shoot. Until, that is, three new, privately owned ranges opened nearby.
Officials in Pasco County, Florida, are discussing opening a new shooting range. Interestingly, the range is being considered for its potential to draw in a new tourist demographic - shooting enthusiasts with a yen to travel - and thereby boost the local economy.
In Seabrook, New Hampshire, three men recently volunteered their time and energy to help re-open the town’s local shooting range.
With so many of our shooting ranges facing lawsuits to shut them down and many just struggling to survive financially, it’s always nice to see when a new range actually opens its doors. That was the case in Arkansas, earlier this month, when Arkansas shooters got a new range near Batesville.
In Pima County, Arizona, officials recently agreed, “to lease property to the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club that will more than double the size of the nonprofit club's sporting-clay operation and could provide for the largest tournament-sized, walk-through archery range in Southern Arizona,” the Arizona Daily Star reported.
Since the 1920s the Blue Park Gun Club has served recreational shooters in Cook County, Illinois. But the range is now shut down, thanks to anti-gun sentiment in County government.
Starting this April 1, Pennsylvania shooters who want to use a public shooting range on State Game Lands must have a $30 range use permit, unless they already hold a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.
Clubs say rules proposed to tighten safety would end events.
Shooting ranges across the country are coming under attack from anti-gun neighbors. Here's how to defend your club from being shut down.