Liberty University, a Christian school in Lynchburg, VA long considered one of the most gun-friendly universities in the country, is planning some big changes in the new year!
Liberty University is currently planning to construct a new state of the art outdoor shooting complex near Camp Hideaway. The project was introduced in a public hearing of Campbell County’s Planning Commission on December 5 in which representatives from Liberty University proposed their plans for the range site.
Schematics for the range include a one, two, and three hundred-yard rifle range. It will also feature several shotgun ranges and stands for such shooting sports as skeet, trap, five stand, and sporting clays. Furthermore, the facility will include a pistol range, an area for three-gun competition, tactical shooting, and a potential police shoot-house.
“I really like how the facility will be located,” said Keith Thompson, lead civil engineer for the project. “It will be nestled in the mountains for safety and noise reduction, and skeet shooters will definitely get to enjoy an amazing view.”
“The range will first be an amenity for student use like other facilities on campus and will also be utilized for competitions and training purposes.”
“Around three hundred and fifty universities in this country participate in some form of shooting competition, and around thirty of those universities own outdoor shooting facilities off campus,” said Brad Butler, Planning and Construction Coordinator for Liberty University. “However, Liberty will be the first university to have nationally recognized ranges that meet NRA and NCAA guideline standards and be able to host all Olympic shooting sports on its central campus property.”
Construction is expected to begin following the approval of final zoning rights during a county meeting in January.