Are Shooting Ranges Right for Closing?
Many Nevada shooting ranges are closed. Clark County closed the Shooting Complex. Green Valley Range shut its range side of the operation. Desert Sportsman, Pro Gun, and the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club have closed their gates. Reno Guns & Range is offering curbside pickup of guns (supposedly because Californians are coming in thinking if they pay enough money, they can buy a gun here).
Many people are upset that the ranges are closed. For the outdoor members-only ranges, it's silly. Members have keys or keycards to open the gates. In an outdoor environment, there is little risk of transmission of the virus. And the people who are going to shoot together are likely already family or friends that will see each other regardless of the shooting ban. With some common sense, handwashing, and wiping down of any surfaces touched, outdoor ranges should be open.
As for the county ranges, that takes staff to run it. The counter where you pay at the Shooting Complex and the training video room is a good way to get people sick. Contacting surfaces everywhere... Yuck. The staff doesn't deserve to catch the coronavirus that way.
Indoor ranges should be closed because of lots of contact surfaces and it is a closed environment where the virus could be caught via airborne transmission.
So where to shoot? Out in the desert! It's always open. Choose a good location with a backstop outside the no-shoot zones. BE SURE TO PICK UP YOUR BRASS & TRASH!
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Clayton E. Cramer
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