Rachel Maddow at the gun range.

Thanks to GunMart Blog, I stumbled across this little bit of awesomesauce this morning.  It seems guns really are taking over the world, just not in the way fearful gun-control advocates think.   Firearms transcend race, gender, sexual orientation, and yes, even politics.  Seriously, if even the folks from Air America were taking field trips to the gun range in Manhattan, I feel a lot better about the future of 2nd Amendment rights in this country.  At least we can all agree that going to the gun range is a helluva lot better than yoga.

5 thoughts on “Wait, there’s a gun range in Manhattan??

    1. That range has been there since 1998 or so. Ive been in it, actually. Very friendly folks, and at the time they would rent you a .22 rifle to shoot on the range, I believe.

      1. I was so excited to find out about it. It would be awesome if more New Yorkers got into guns and took a stand against the city’s anti-gun laws.

  1. Hold it…don’t get too excited. Look at the rules, restrictions, background checks and fees. And you can only shoot a .22 rifle.

    Requirement: 21 years of age or older, permanent US resident
    Fee: $65.00

    Above fee will provide you with:
    •Instruction from an NRA certified Range Safety Officer
    •Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle
    •50 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition
    •Targets

    During your first visit you are required to take a safety course in the classroom and have an instructor on the firing line with you. Return visits past 3 months of your last visit require you to attend a refresher course.

    Return visits to Westside are $35.00
    Targets and ammunition additional

    For your first visit to Westside, we request that you call at least 5 days ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Westside must perform a criminal background check on all new shooters prior to scheduling your appointment. To perform this check, you must provide the name, address, birthdate and ID (driver’s license, passport, etc…) of all the individuals in your party. A non-refundable deposit is required.

    To register online for our rifle classes, please fill out our registration form completely and accurately. You will need to provide all of the information stated above.

    …so as you can see, the anti-gun malarkey in NYC is alive and well.

    1. Oh it’s the tiniest of baby steps, that’s for sure. But even if this range only turns one anti-gun person into a maybe-guns-aren’t-as-bad-as-I-thought-person, I think it’s a really important baby step.

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