Boy howdy, gun owners in the Triangle area are eating their own this week. Triangle Shooting Academy opened last Friday, and instead of seeing the opportunity that comes along with having a new shooting range in the area, a lot of folks are hung up on one thing that I don’t really think is that big of a deal.
Above is the graphic posted on the front door at Triangle Shooting Academy. I’ve seen posts on Facebook and several forums with people grumbling about “MAH RIGHTS!”
Here’s the thing: The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center has the exact same rule, and I’ve never, ever, heard anyone complain about it.
Another shooting range in Raleigh, Eagle1 has listed as the very first rule on their range forms the following (.pdf):
1. ABSOLUTELY NO LOADED FIREARM WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER OR EXIT THE FIRING RANGE FACILITY. All firearms not on the firing line must be unloaded with their action open and the magazine removed, or unloaded and encased. (Exception: Sworn Law Enforcement).
So again, similar rule, and nobody complains about it.
So, of the 4 indoor shooting ranges in the area, 3 of them have the restriction of not being allowed to carry a loaded gun into the range.
Why would a gun store/shooting range have a rule like this? As far as I can tell, there might be a couple things at play here, but the biggest is insurance.
Insurance companies are fickle beasts, and they can specify that something needs to happen or they simply won’t insure you. Lets face it, when someone invests millions to build a state of the art range, they want to protect their investment so they’re at the mercy of their insurance company.
Some People Are Never Happy
I’ve just come to the conclusion that some folks can’t see the forest through the trees. We have a new, beautiful shooting range that’s in a great location, with state of the art technology, and air filtration, and somehow this is bad for gun owners because they won’t allow you to carry your loaded gun from the front doors to the shooting range 50′ away?
Get over yourselves.
Stop trying to find fault in everything, and go shoot. The opening of TSA is a huge opportunity for gun culture and the shooting sports in the area. It’s clean and friendly, and less intimidating for new folks wanting to get into shooting. It’s a good thing for all of us, even if you decide not to shoot there.
Cry me a river.