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February 17
Wake County Partners with Sheriff, Wildlife Commission to Reopen Gun Range to Residents on March 15

The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center will reopen to the public on March 15 – offering both law enforcement officers and local residents more hours on the gun range.

This announcement comes after the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted today during its regular meeting to approve a partnership among Wake County, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

“I’m proud of these organizations for working closely together to find a solution in a short amount of time that truly benefits everyone,” said Board Chairman Greg Ford. “It’s pretty remarkable that the firing range will reopen to the public just 60 days after it closed.”

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will operate the range’s service for the public, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office will coordinate and schedule training for law enforcement. The range is located in Apex at 3921 Old Holly Springs-Apex Road.

Under the new partnership, additional hours will be added for both the public and law enforcement.

  • The public can shoot from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
     
  • The Wake County Sheriff’s Office and its law enforcement partners will have access for training 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will charge no fees for the public to shoot, although the agreement allows the agency to add fees, if needed, to cover operational costs. Before issuing range passes, the commission will require safety training and facility orientation for first-time users.

“Providing access to shooting ranges that are open to the public is very important to our mission to recruit and retain hunters and recreational shooters,” said Erik Christofferson, deputy director of operations at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “By combining resources with partners such as Wake County, we’re able to provide locations to educate and teach safe firearms handling at more shooting ranges across the state than ever before.”

The new agreement is an interim step that will keep the range open for up to a year. In the meantime, Wake County will hire a consultant to study the range and identify a long-term plan to continue operations at the range.


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