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Liberty University to Open First On-Campus Firing Range in Nation

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LYNCHBURG, Va. Liberty University, which heralds itself as the worlds largest Christian university, is set to become the first educational institution in the nation to open an on-campus firing range.


We have a very pro-Second Amendment student body,President Jerry Falwell told the Washington Post this week.

He said that one of the reasons for the shooting range is because he believes those with malicious intentare more likely to carry out their attacks at facilities that are marked as gun free zones.

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Its where the terrorists are most likely to strike, Falwell stated. [Students and their families] dont want to see anything happen here like at Virginia Tech, where nobody was able to fire back.

This week, Liberty applied for a permit to begin construction on what it called a nationally recognized, full-scale shooting, training and competition center. The 13,000 square-foot facilitywill havepistol, rifle and shotgun areas, as well as outdoor archery and skeet shooting spaces, and will cost at least $1 million to construct.

School officials discussed their ideas with theNational Rifle Association before proceeding with plans.

Students with concealed carry permits are currently allowed to have guns on campus, and for the past year, Liberty University has offered a free firearms course, which it states has enrolled1,600 thus far.

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However,as previously reported, Falwell generated criticism over his mindset about firearms last December whenhe made comments about ending [murderous] Muslims in light of the San Bernardino massacre in California. Heurged students to obtain concealed carry permits so that they would be readyto take outMuslims intent on bloodshedshould they show up at Liberty University.

Ive always thought, if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslimsbefore they walked in and killed them, Fawell stated to the student body, receiving unreserved applause.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course, he said. Lets teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.

He went on to reTweet social media posts in support of his remarks, including one that read, S*CK IT, Muslim extremists, adding a link to the schools gun course.

Falwells comments especially raised concern among members of theFairfax County School Board, which urged the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to discontinue hosting state championships at Liberty University.

We are deeply disturbed by the comments of Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. urging more than 10,000 of his assembled students to obtain handguns and stating that we could end those Muslims before they walked in, it said in aletterin April.

While the League did ultimately pull out of Liberty, it said it was for financial reasons and not due to the boards letter.

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