Local shooting ranges talk safety after accident in Arizona

Local shooting ranges talk safety after accident in Arizona

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A  nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona earlier this week, and now people are wondering what the right age is for kids to be shooting guns.

Buddy Lichty is one of the owners at S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters of Augusta, and he said the state of Georgia doesn't have a set minimum age for kids to shoot guns at a range.

Lichty said at his range, he's fully aware of the dangers that come with guns.

"We want to be as safe as possible, and with any situation there's a certain level of risk," he said.

Lichty also feels that the girl shouldn't have had that type of gun in her hand to begin with.

"To start someone out with a fully automatic gun, you're asking for trouble," Lichty said.

At S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters Outdoor Shooting Range, the rule is you have to be at least six to shoot, but there are certain requirements you need to pass first.

"We'll ask them have you ever shot before. If they say 'No I've never shot a gun before,' right then and there we cut them off and say 'We're sorry, you're not going to shoot on the range. You either need to take a class from one of our instructors so that you know what you're doing, or you're going to have someone experienced with you,' " said Lichty.

Darrell Horton and his son Drake have been shooting guns for quite some time, and said it all comes down to following the rules of the range.

"You just have to understand the reality of it and how dangerous the sport can be if you don't treat it the way it should be treated," said Drake.

But no matter how old you are, when out on the gun range, there is one main rule that every shooter needs to remember.

"Make sure that you're weapon is not pointed at anything that you don't intend to shoot," Darrell.

"Another big thing is just to make sure you really know your gun. If you can get a really good feel for your weapon then you really know how to handle it good," Drake said.

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