Indoor 'mega' shooting range coming to Raleigh
Posted September 29, 2014 7:29 p.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2014 7:40 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.