BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Gun owners have one more reason to visit the Bay County Shooting Range.
On Saturday Bay County and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissioners hosted the range's grand opening, along with their newest addition - the 'Five Stand'.
"Once you get started, it's really a lot of fun ... shooting clay pigeons that comes at you from five different directions," said Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell.
The new addition drew in hundreds of folks, including couple Steve and Teri Burchfield.
"We like it, it looks like it's going to be real great for the community, and we will come back again. This is our first time coming out, but it won't be our last time," said Steve Burchfield.
"We were very excited just learning that there will be availability close by. We feel like it's really good to be comfortable with your gun if you have it for fun, for hunting, for whatever you need," said Teri Burchfield.
Commissioners said the facility is an opportunity for folks to have fun with their guns, but also practice safety.
"Our firearms in general are not to be feared, they're to be respected, and the way to do that is to have a good educational program. Here is an opportunity for people to come and be taught the proper and safe way to handle a gun," said FWC Commissioner Chuck Roberts.
State Senator (District-2) George Gainer said the shooting range is a model that areas across Florida should follow.
He said he'll propose the idea once he reaches the state capital.
"I feel like there are other counties within this district that would really benefit from a similar operation and I certainly will be presenting that to them," said Gainer.
Commissioners also said the National Rifle Association (NRA) and FWC have partnered to train the youth on gun safety.
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