Florida Gun Control Nightmare? Machine Gun America Theme Park Allows Teens To Fire Assault Rifles

Florida gun control law proponents are already freaking out at the mere idea of Machine Gun America. The basic concept is that children as young as 13 years old can fire real bullets from “assault rifles” at fantasy targets like zombies and Osama bin Laden. This concept has progressives upset since it is advertising the firing of AK-47s like a theme park.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, the introduction of the world’s first 3D metal printed handgun is freaking out politicians who want 3D printable handguns banned. But plastic-based 3D printer guns generally fall apart due to the stress on the gun barrel created by the explosion of the bullet’s gunpowder. One enterprising machinist took this as a challenge and created the ultimate gun control law nightmare: a metal bullet design that can work with plastic 3D printed guns.

The new Machine Gun America opened up this past weekend in Orlando, Florida only several miles away from Disney World. The fact that young teenagers can fire military-grade weapons in zombie, gangster and cowboy-themed simulators already has proponents for Florida’s gun control laws getting fired up.

For example, Think Progress has already compared the “first automatic adrenaline attraction” to incidents where people have been killed.

“The new facility has generated significant attention for its emphasis on the most violent weapons and for marketing its facility like a national amusement attraction. But letting kids shoot guns is not uncommon at gun ranges. In fact, the site’s opening comes just months after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at a gun range in Arizona. And many gun ranges allow kids younger than 13 to fire real guns. They also allow those who could not even pass a background check to ‘rent’ a gun.”

Wes Doss, Machine Gun America’s safety and training officer, believes gun control proponents don’t have any reason to be up in arms, and General Manager Bruce Nierenberg denies the attraction is unsuitable for children.

“No one ever shoots by themselves, and no guest is ever in control of the weapon without a range safety officer next to them and participating with them,” he said according to the Daily Mail. “That’s what we want to communicate to people. No one here shoots by themselves. … We want to make them feel comfortable and safe, and then they can have a good time.”


Teenage Max Nelson was one of the first customers for Machine Gun America and he agrees.

“I learned a lot about gun safety,” Max said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I learned a lot about how to properly stand. It’s really not as dangerous as you might think actually.”

While Florida’s gun control proponents will not be happy to hear this, Machine Gun America says the amount of foot traffic “hit all our targets” and it’s expected Christmas week and New Year’s will even be busier.

[Image via Daily News]