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OPPJ approves indoor shooting range

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Crews are scheduled to begin making their way onto the 200-Block of Huey Lenard Loop in West Monroe. They're moving into former home of Dualite Plastics, Inc. What's called, Double Tap Shooting and Archery Range has its aim set on the property.

Monroe resident Danielle Louis is more interested in gun safety than perfecting the shot.

"Using a weapon properly should be a class," Louis said.

Range Administrator John Wiggins said he will carry those types of courses.

"Not just a single class but multiple classes on the safety of handguns, rifles, and bows, bb guns; how to store these weapons," Wiggins said.

Ouachita Parish resident Casey Conley likes the idea of another indoor shooting range with a bulls-eye on safety.

"I think it's better to teach someone to be safe," Conley said.

After a string of mass shooting in 2012, some are still unsure if the ranges will help reduce the number of massacres. Most recently, dozens of lives were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. That deadly shooting brought the gun debate back to the table.
    
"I think the shootings are terrible but I don't know if gun ranges are the answers or not but its worth a try if it will stop anything," Louis said.

Ouachita Parish Police Jurors are signing off on the deal for this range in West Monroe. Owners needed a thumbs up to be able to sell indoor shooting equipment. Wiggins said this will also be an economic boost for the parish.

"We have a facility large enough to really have indoor competition," Wiggins said.

Owners are hoping to have the facility open by this summer. Two of the owners including the administrator are from our area. The other owner is from Jackson, Mississippi.

A shooting range owner said they'll start teaching children gun safety as early as 8-years-old.

 

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