Would you host your kids birthday party at a gun range? Would you let them attend one there?
June 2, 2012 11:07 PM
LEWISVILLE, Texas (CBS Houston) â€“ A new gun range is in the works for Lewisville, that hopes to offer the community a family-friendly experience and kidsâ€™ birthday parties on the shooting range.
The Eagle Indoor Gun Range is still under construction, but it will one day be a 24-lane indoor facility open to gun enthusiasts of all ages, WFAA-TV is reporting.
Owner David Prince told the station that two rooms will be made available for the birthday parties.
â€śThe age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table,â€ť Prince told WFAA. â€śTheyâ€™re not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if thereâ€™s not enough parents weâ€™ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely.â€ť
The Eagle Gun Range hopes to offer a new experience for families seeking to educate their children about proper, safe gun use.
â€śOne of the reasons weâ€™re doing this is, when I had my boys, I didnâ€™t have a place to take them and educate them about how to handle a gun safely,â€ť Prince explained to WFAA.
Some parents feel trepidation about the idea, including Dawn McMullan, a mother who has reportedly stumped for gun control. She told WFAA-8 that she was â€śnervousâ€ť about the concept.
â€śI think eight-year-olds, developmentally, canâ€™t tell the difference between play and reality sometimes,â€ť she noted to WFAA. â€śAnd also to put it in a party or game atmosphere just seems to not respect a gun as much as we should respect guns,â€ť she said.
Princeâ€™s idea has the support of Denton County Commissioner Hugh Coleman, however.
â€śI am thrilled to add jobs and add to the tax base,â€ť he told WFAA. â€śAnd I think gun rights are for everyone.â€ť