Liberty University is a private, conservative college located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Evangelical Christian College is headed by University President, Jerry Falwell Jr. The college is working on a state-of-the-art shooting range set to open next fall. The facility $1 million, 13,000 square-foot indoor range will also include outdoor ranges.
The shooting range will be built into the mountainside and will feature pistol, rifle and shotgun facilities. Falwell says it will be one of the most expansive firearms ranges on any college campus in America. Falwell said, “We have a very pro-Second Amendment student body.”
Liberty University, which is very unique with a sports equestrian center and a year-round snowless skiing facility, allows faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. While the carrying of firearms on public school property is illegal in the state of Virginia, Liberty is able to bypass the law because it is a private institution.
More than 1,600 people have taken a free concealed carry course the University offers, but only 20 of the 8,000 students who live on campus have the proper permit to carry. Falwell says he wasn’t sure about the response he would get from the parents. “I was a little timid about telling parents about it because I thought some would be worried,” Falwell said. “But I never got such enthusiastic applause.”