A Texas gun range will soon be offering to host birthday parties for kids as young as eight. The Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville will soon boast a giant air-conditioned indoor gun range, and will also have two rooms available for birthday parties.
WFAA-8 reports that David Prince, owner of Eagle Gun Range, stated:
“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. I really want families to be able to take their kids here and teach their young shooters how to shoot safely.”
Prince went on to assure that there are rules to the new offer. He explained:
“The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table. They’re not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there’s not enough parents we’ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely.”
The Huffington Post reports that the gun range already has “Range Rules posted on its website, which read:
“Young shooters (under 18 years of age) are ONLY allowed to shoot on the range with their parent or guardian; one young shooter per adult. No children are allowed on the range nor are they to be left unaccompanied in the showroom while adults shoot.”
According to WFAA-8, Dawn McMullen, a mother and someone who has stumped for gun control was “nervous” about the concept. She stated that:
“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.”
Do you think that David Price’s new addition to the Eagle Gun Range is going too far, or is it a step in the right direction for promoting gun safety?