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Indoor 'mega' shooting range coming to Raleigh

Posted September 29, 2014

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— When it's complete, an indoor shooting range in northwest Raleigh will be one of the largest in the nation and will offer more than target practice and guns for sale, the facility's founder and owner says.

Bill Edwards, who also owns North Raleigh Guns, calls the planned 40,000 square-foot members-only Triangle Shooting Academy a "mega-range" that will include catered meals, space for parties and weddings, shooting lanes, competitive shooting leagues and even a play area where parents can safely leave their children.

When finished, Edwards says, the range will be similar to others, such as those in Tampa, Fla., and Richmond, Va.

The facility could eventually expand to as much as 130,000 square feet.

Crews broke ground in July on the 12-acre plot at 6501 Mount Herman Road. The first phase is expected to be complete in May.

"I think it's a great thing," said Dale Nichols, who works nearby. "I think people ought to properly use guns, and they will probably teach people how to do that."

There are no homes in the area, just a few businesses, and while most are supportive of such a facility, there are some who are concerned.

"It's kind of unnerving," said Julie Williams, who also works in the area.

Edwards says he expected some opposition to the range but that feedback he's received has been mostly positive. He said that the range will host those of all skill levels and that he wants it to be a safe and positive experience for everyone involved.


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  • HankScorpio Oct 1, 2014

    Sweet - looking forward to going. Residents should not be worried. People go to shooting ranges to shoot at targets indoors. There won't suddenly be throngs of gun-toting people wandering around the neighborhood.

  • Wise Man Says Sep 30, 2014

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    I partially agree with you. Going to a firing range a couple times a year to shoot at static targets is so far removed from real world situations as to be useless. What gun owners need (should be required) are scenario-based training taught by law enforcement types. This training needs to be mandatory for one to acquire and retain their CC permit.

    With this training in place the likelihood of any innocent bystander being struck goes way, way down.

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  • Edward Anderson Sep 30, 2014
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    This is GREAT! Maybe now I'll actually be able to get some shooting time at the range in Holly Springs. :-)

  • shawn36003 Sep 30, 2014

    Remember folks...gun do not kill people, people kill people.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 30, 2014

    "I don't agree with 'gun nuts' carrying rifles into resturants to make a 2nd amendment statement" - tlightfoot55

    I don't either. In the year 2014, all that's going to do is hurt those of us that are reasonable gun owners.

    "ALL guns criminals get and use were bought or stolen from careless legal owners." - Grand Union

    Non sequitur. Being a victim of a crime doesn't necessarily mean you were careless.

    "yes CC holder do go nuts too" - Grand Union

    Yes they do, but it's so rare that it has no effect on the statistics.

  • juliomercado Sep 30, 2014

    Two cities with the highest levels of gun crime year after year are Chicago and Detroit. Both have the strictest gun laws in the land. Get over yourselves folks, laws don't stop bullets, but the possibility of bullets coming back in your direction do.

  • workerbee Sep 30, 2014

    Am I scared of guns? No.
    Am I scared of untrained non-police type people who carry guns? You bet! Nothing worse than someone carrying a gun who has never fired it in a self defense scenario and arrogantly thinking they are Joe Cool. While I think the shooting range is a great thing, its not going to help protect the innocent bystander. Lets face it....I'm more likely to be shot unintentionally than I am from the bad boogey man.

  • andreanicole686 Sep 30, 2014

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    You haven't been watching the news have you? And I mean real news not Fox.

  • lopo Sep 30, 2014

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    Kind of like England that banned guns or exteme gun regulation and now has the most violent crime in Europe.