Fear of potential gun legislation spikes shooting course participation


Shoal River Sporting Clays and Shooting has 12 stations for shooting at targets that can move 25 yards back.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Shoal River Sporting Clays and Shooting Center general manager Tom Myers said participation in shooting sports has spiked in recent months.

Even now, during one of the hottest times of the year, the range still averages close to 300 shooters a week, he said.

"We've had a lot of new shooters coming out lately," he said. "A lot of them are first-time shooters; a lot of female shooters are coming out for the first time, too...”

Much of the interest in shooting stems from residents’ concerns about possible legislation that would make gun ownership more difficult and costly, Myers said.

"With a lot of the restrictions the government is proposing, I've noticed a lot of people saying, 'I've thought about having a gun but I might as well get one now before they make it so you can't get one,'" he said.

Twelve stations on Shoal River’s mile-long sporting clays course offer challenges ranging from clay size to the action the clays take in flight or on the ground.

Some pairs of clays fly the same pattern; others cross in mid air. The five-station wobble range offers varying flights of clays.

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