Shooting range open house promotes firearm safety

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) There was an open house Saturday at the Indoor Shooting Range on College Road, where one of the important messages was firearm safety. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range's open house ran from noon until 5pm on Saturday.
There were door prizes, demonstrations and multiple organizations onsite, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Rifle Team.
According to the Range Project Director, John Wyman, the range's number one priority is safety.

"Shooting can also be fun, but you have to learn and make sure you follow the safety rules at all times. Our job is to make sure we provide this place for the public and that we help convey firearm safety and the safe and responsible use of firearms to everybody," said Wyman.

One of the organizations onsite was the Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee, or AIM-COMM.
According to the nonprofit's president, Laura Berkowitz, AIM-COMM has a partnership with the range to provide educational firearm sports programs to the community.

"We do youth programs, we do adult education programs, rifle and pistol programs, but we also offer many opportunities for those people that know how to use a gun to become involved in the firearm sports in our community," Berkowitz said.

Wyman explains how the indoor shooting range is different than other facilities around town.

"Here, it's a supervised range. We have range staff here to help individuals with firearm safety, with hunter education, with competitive shooting, with marksmanship qualification programs. We’re here to help folks," said Wyman.

Wyman says the range is a great place for those that are new to firearms as well as those who are new to hunting.

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