- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A North Carolina high school has opened an indoor shooting range for members of its Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

NJROTC members at Smithfield-Selma High School began using the 1,200-square-foot, six-lane, shooting range last week after five months of preparation, a local NBC News affiliate reported. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation donated most of the $10,000 in supplies for the range, the station reported.

The cadets will practice shooting with Daisy pump air rifles, but must undergo extensive training before they can shoot at the range.

“There’s a marksmanship safety test they have to take, and they have to get a 100 on it,” Cmdr. David Wegman told NBC News. “In addition to that, they have to sign a safety pledge, get permission from home and then finally demonstrate on the range that they know how to handle one of these air rifles safely.”

Cadet Timothy Jones agreed that safety is a priority on the range.

“You go out there, and you’re relying on others. You have to have the trust in others that they are handling a weapon, that they are not going to harm you, and you’re not going to harm them,” he told NBC News.

Only four NJROTC students are certified to use the range, but Cmdr. Wegman said he hopes to have all seniors in the program certified by the fall.


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