Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, already permits students to carry firearms on campus, and last year, President Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraged students to obtain their concealed-carry licenses through a college course.
Now, the evangelical university is taking the next logical step: Liberty will soon become the first U.S. college to build a National Rifle Association-approved firing range on campus.
A proposal was filed last week for a special permit from the Campbell County Planning Commission, and it states that Liberty wants to build a “nationally recognized, full-scale shooting, training and competition center” on campus. According to Yahoo News, the outdoor facility will include a pistol range, a rifle range, an instructional area and a three-gun competition range. The school plans to eventually add an indoor firing range.
Liberty spokesman Len Stevens told Yahoo that the firing range project was introduced last year during NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s visit. He said the