More Kentucky gun holders, greater need for places to practice

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Mike VanSteenbergen talks about the Marshall County Gun Range in such detail it's hard to believe it's not actually built yet.

VanSteenbergen has taken over the efforts to raise funds to build a range on county ground. The county won't provide funding and progress has been slow, but VanSteenbergen is hopeful the increase in Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon (CCDW) Licenses will help push progress.

Members of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department told Local 6 by April 2013 they had received as many applications as they did in the entire year of 2012.

"They qualify for their permits, but then they really don't know how to shoot," he said. That's why the need for a range is so great.

Ed White in Grand Rivers, Kentucky saw the same problem so he set his sights on getting certified and then built his own public range.

Located at 787 Dover Road, White said his classes have been full and with more women than men. He tells them the best advice for after they pass is to practice.

"If you don't have anywhere to shoot you can't be proficient," he said. "That's why we opened this to the public."

Both White and VanSteenbergen agree that the more gun rages that go up, the stronger the communities become.

For more information abut the Grand Rivers Shooting Range, Click Here.

To learn more about the Marshall County Gun Range, you can attend a public meeting Saturday August 31 at 8:30 a.m. at Mike Miller Park under the main pavilion. The meetings run until 12:30 p.m.

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