Effective today, we are implementing the following new range safety rules for shooting on the SharpShooters range. These policies are born out of one and only one priority: safety. Some people are not going to like these policies, and therefore will choose not to visit SharpShooters. We realize that, and we think your safety and the safety of our staff is worth it. If you have any questions about these policies, we’re happy to talk them over with you. They might not be perfect, and we will adjust as we learn from this change. We appreciate your understanding, and we hope you appreciate our approach to your safety.
New Rule 1: New or First Time Shooters
New shooters or first time shooters are required to take an introductory firearms training class or private firearms safety lesson from SharpShooters before shooting on the range. By “new” or “first time shooters”, we mean individuals who have never handled or fired a weapon before.
Now, it’s already been noted on Facebook that we are “Pretty dumb to post on Facebook. Can’t one just say “yes I am an experienced shooter”. Class averted.”
For these new range safety rules, there will be a quiz. We can’t just take someone’s word for it that they are an experienced shooter. I’ll say it again: there will be a quiz. If you have ANY real experience with firearms, you’ll pass with flying colors. If not, we will very nicely introduce you to one of our firearms instructors. It is up to the discretion of our staff members whether or not you get to shoot on the SharpShooters range.
It’s very much like the policy for not selling someone a firearm. We don’t need a reason. If one of our staff has a bad vibe about you or literally any concern about selling you a firearm, we can refuse to sell you a firearm. Same applies to handing you a gun and letting you go out on the range.
Why are we implementing this new range safety rule? Safety. YOUR safety. Simple as that. Brand new shooters simply do not have firearms safety ingrained in their minds, and are far more likely to endanger themselves and everyone around them. The very best part about shooting is that literally anyone can learn it and become good at it. It’s not like golf or baseball or literally any other sport. You don’t have to be gifted athletically to shoot well, and you can learn firearms safety in a very short time.
We want everyone to learn how to shoot, and we are happy to provide the training to take you from “gun dummy” to competitive shooter.
New Rule 2: Firearm Rental
Another new range safety rule: customers who wish to rent a firearm from SharpShooters have two options: (1) present your concealed carry permit (in Georgia, it’s technically a “Weapons Carry License”) or (2) demonstrate proficiency by loading the firearm, locking the slide back, unloading the firearm, and showing “clear.”
When we rent someone a firearm, there’s no background check, so we don’t know you from Adam’s housecat. We rely on our interaction with you and your behavior while on our premises to determine if we should rent you a firearm. Show us your WCL and you’re good. Show us how to manipulate the firearm, and you’re good.
Policies = Friction
These policies have already been called “firm”, “extreme”, and “dumb”, and it’s only been a few hours. We fully realize that these policies are going to cause some friction at our range check-in counter, and we’re ok with that. We’d rather have the conversation before someone goes into the range than have a much more animated conversation after they’ve done something stupid.
What’s that old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Let’s translate that for the firearms industry: a few hours of training is better than getting shot.