Shooting range could be beneficial for San Marcos residents

Opinions Columnist | Mass communication senior

An outdoor gun range built between San Marcos and New Braunfels could be beneficial for local licensed gun owners who want a safe place to practice shooting.

There is no question that Texas is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country. The issue of gun rights and ownership continues to spark debate between Texans who believe firearms have a place in society and those who do not. Even though it is unlikely residents will come to an agreement any time soon, licensed gun owners have every right to legally own a gun and safely use them at shooting ranges. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” guarantees American citizens this freedom.

According to an Oct. 8 University Star article, the County Line Shooting Center is scheduled to open in mid-November and will be located on Old Bastrop Highway. Some residents are concerned the range is too close to residential areas, but there is no reason for locals to be concerned.

According to the same article, firearms with longer bullet trajectories are not permitted and the dirt built up around the range to prevent the travel of stray bullets meets state safety requirements. Furthermore, a range safety officer will be present during each shooting course despite the fact the state does not require officers to be on site during sessions. In addition, the new shooting range plans to offer free firearm safety classes for those concerned with gun education within the community. With many rules and regulations in place to ensure the new shooting range is as safe as possible, there is no reason why people should be afraid of the structure’s proximity to local neighborhoods.

It is crucial to conduct background checks and take precautions before allowing access to the range. With that being said, a safe place to practice shooting is invaluable for those who own firearms. People who want to correctly and safely learn how to operate a gun for self-defense purposes can practice at the facility without having to worry about endangering others.

The purpose of the gun range should ultimately be to provide gun owners a secure location to practice and to provide education for children and adults. According to a study done by WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people in the U.S. in 2010. Careless accidents could be avoided and people could better defend themselves if residents and young adults were more educated about the dangers of firearms and knew how to correctly use them.

Though it will likely continue to be a topic of debate among residents, the new shooting range does have potential benefits for San Marcos and the surrounding communities. If gun owners need a place to practice shooting and learn how to correctly operate their firearms, the County Line Shooting Center will be the ideal place to accomplish this.