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Udall Welcomes Opening of Fort Carson Shooting Range

Plans to Reintroduce Bill to Expand Safe, Well-Managed Ranges Where Gun Owners Can Responsibly Practice

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mark Udall welcomed the opening today of a new public shooting range at Fort Carson, calling it a place current and future gun owners can learn how to safely and responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights.

"Colorado has a long and storied tradition of gun ownership for hunting, outdoor recreation and other lawful purposes. This public shooting range ensures that that tradition will be safely and responsibly practiced and passed down for future generations," Udall said. "This range also embodies the very best type of collaboration between public and private entities. I plan to reintroduce my bipartisan Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act this session of Congress to ensure that Coloradans throughout our great state have access to high-quality areas like this new range in El Paso County."

The range and others like it would benefit from expanded federal support under Udall’s bipartisan Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. Udall’s bill would lift some restrictions on the use of Pittman-Robertson funds — fees collected on sporting equipment and ammunition — and allow them to be used for the establishment and maintenance of shooting ranges.

Udall has been a vocal proponent of protecting Colorado’s tradition of safe, responsible gun ownership. He also has lauded the comprehensive approaches the president and Gov. John Hickenlooper have proposed to help prevent mass shootings and other gun violence.

By: Mike Saccone
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