Attention all lovers of the Second Amendment!
This time next year, there might be a gun range in northeast Washington, DC.
DC Gun Range and DC Guns and Ammo will be located under the same roof at a site on Queens Chapel Road in the city’s northeast quadrant. They will be a short distance from the National Arboretum in a neighborhood that features a number of restaurants and nightclubs. Currently, the city of more than 600,000, which has enacted some of the strictest gun control measures in the country, does not have a single gun store or public shooting range. Leon Spears, the first and one of the few people certified by the Metro Police Department as a gun carry instructor, is hoping to change that. Spears owns the company developing the range and gun store. Despite hostility to guns from many city officials, Spears said the government has not yet tried to stop his project.
… The gun range will house 30 shooting lanes, with 24 open to the public on a daily basis and the other six reserved for private instruction. The facility will offer rentals, gun lockers, classrooms for training, a café, an observation area, self-sustaining solar power, private gated parking with special spaces for electric cars, and a lounge area.
Washington, DC has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the city’s murder rate saw an astonishing 54% increase in homicides in 2015. Ironically, the Assistant Police Chief blamed the murder spike on guns. You can’t make this stuff up.
It should be fun to watch city officials squirm as the project moves forward.