What kid doesn't dream of eating birthday cake, opening gifts and unloading clips of ammo into static targets? A new gun range being built in Lewisville, Texas, hopes to tap into that childhood yearning to shoot things when it hosts birthday parties for kids this fall.
WFAA-TV reported that Eagle Gun Range held a groundbreaking ceremony this weekend for its new 17,000-square-foot facility, which will be transformed into a 24-lane indoor firing-range -- complete with two rooms designed for children's birthday parties.
"One of the reasons we're doing this is, when I had my boys, I didn't have a place to take them and educate them about how to handle a gun safely," owner David Prince told the TV station. "I really want families to be able to take their kids here and teach their young shooters how to shoot safely."
Prince said the minimum age to shoot at the complex will be 8 years old, and that children have to be tall enough to reach over the shooting table. He said no children will be left unattended.
However, some area mothers told WFAA that they have concerns about the range's plans.
"It makes me very nervous," Dawn McMullan said. "I think 8-year-olds, developmentally, can't tell the difference between play and reality sometimes. And also to put it in a party or game atmosphere just seems to not respect a gun as much as we should respect guns."
Eagle Gun Range said it should complete construction and open to the public in late summer or early fall.
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