Most parents think of venues such as an arcade or bowling alley when considering a place to host their child’s birthday party.
But, what about a firing range? Seems crazy, but it won’t be a far-fetched idea for Texas kids come summer.
The Eagle Gun Range, set to open in Lewisville this August, will offer birthday parties for children 8 years of age and older. Children and their parents will attend a gun safety class and be given the opportunity to fire BB guns and .22 pistols. Children must be able to see over the shooting table in order to shoot a gun.
David Prince, the owner of the range, says it will be an educational experience.
“I think it is a good way to introduce gun safety to kids in a responsible way in a controlled environment, ”Prince told Reuters.
However, many parents fear it will downplay the seriousness of guns.
“It makes me very nervous,” Dawn McMullan, a mother of two sons, told WFAA. ”I think eight-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.”
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