Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is opening a gun range for its students this week.
Students at Liberty University, a conservative Christian university in Virginia, will be invited
this week to enjoy their campus’s new $3.2 million gun range. The gun
range, which has been in planning and construction stages for over a
year, will also be open to the public following the conclusion of
Liberty’s academic year in May.
Brad Butler, the planning coordinator in Liberty’s Planning and
Construction department, said in December that Liberty will be the first
American college campus that has venues for every Olympic shooting
“We’re very excited and we have a great plan for the future,” Butler said
“What’s unique about this facility is it’s the only range on any
college campus that has venues for all Olympic shooting sports. The rest
of the world is moving away from the Second Amendment and the shooting
sports. Liberty University, thanks to the bold leadership of President
(Jerry) Falwell and Vice President (Trey) Falwell, is running to it. We
are engaging our students, giving them safe and convenient opportunities
to compete, and to learn the right way to handle a firearm.”
Liberty University is known for its strong stance on the second
amendment. Students at Liberty are permitted to keep firearms in their
dorm rooms. Additionally, students who are uncomfortable around guns are
permitted to request a room transfer away from a room that has a gun.
Now, Liberty University will become one of only two schools in the
country that has a gun range.
Liberty sophomore Landon Dalton explained that being a part of
Liberty’s shooting sports team helped him grow as a Christian. “I got
introduced to a whole new world up here in competitive shooting and it’s
been awesome,” Dalton said. “Coach Hartman has really helped us out a
lot. He’s a very godly man and a great coach and he’s helped us grow as
teammates and as shooters, but more importantly as better Christians.”