- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Teams from 13 states and Canada are looking to improve their skills and capture honors during a competition in North Carolina.

The Gastonia Police Department is hosting the 2014 Sniper Conference beginning Wednesday at the Gastonia Police Firearms and Tactical Training Center.

During the competition, the teams will compete in nine events designed to simulate real-world situations that professional snipers face.

The event will be open to law enforcement and military only Wednesday and Thursday. The general public is invited to watch on Friday and Saturday, Admission is free, and there will be controlled shooting events for the general public on Saturday.

This year, proceeds from the pistol match will benefit Gastonia Police Explorers Post 515.

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