A 1,200 square foot, six lane indoor shooting range for Daisy pump air rifles was just finished in a North Carolina high school. The range took over five months to complete and cost $10,000. Smithfield-Selma High School opened the gun range last week to students that are a part of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
This is a great positive step to educate and train more youth of America to handle firearms.
The program was paid for by the JROTC program and also with donations from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Not all students will be allowed to shoot at the range. Only students that undergo extensive safety and marksmanship training will be allowed to shoot the Daisy pump air rifles at the range. “There’s a marksmanship safety test they have to take, and they have to get a 100 on it,” Commander David Wegman said.
“In addition to that, they have to sign a safety pledge, get permission from home and then finally demonstrate on the range that they know how to handle one of these air rifles safely.”
So far, only four students have permission to use the indoor shooting range, but Wegman hopes that number will increase and more students in the program will have passed the test. Wegman says that all safety precautions are put in place to prevent any accidents, and that safety is the number one priority. He maintains that the shooting range doesn’t pose a threat.
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