Kid-Friendly Gun Range to Open in Lewisville

Owner says there are not enough places for children to learn to safely use firearm

By Sara Story
|  Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012  |  Updated 7:27 PM CDT
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The owner of a family-friendly gun range opening this summer says he has seen a

Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter

The owner of a family-friendly gun range opening this summer says he has seen a "tremendous response" from North Texans.

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A family-friendly gun range is opening in Lewisville.

Eagle Gun Range owner David Prince said there are not enough places for children to learn how to shoot.

"We saw a void, and we saw a niche and decided to fill it," he said.

Prince said his gun range is getting plenty of attention, partly stirred his business' kid-friendly attitude. People have approached him in person, by phone and online about the gun range, and his business has also attracted media attention.

"We want to bring children in starting at age 8 and teach them how to effectively and safely use a firearm," he said. "We will start them off with BB guns and .22s."

Gun shop owner Dwight Walker, who was born and raised in Lewisville, said the city now has fewer places for children to learn his lifelong hobby than it did when he was young.

"The kids are not getting involved in guns as much as they used to," he said. "When I grew up here, you could shoot and hunt anywhere."

Prince is turning an old office building into a state-of-the art facility.

"There will be no other range that is this large that is air-conditioned in the state of Texas," he said. "We are getting a tremendous response from all over North Texas."

Prince said he wants his gun range to be a place for the community, no matter the age or experience level.

Eagle Gun Range is expected to open toward the end of summer.

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