Latest FL Tourist Attraction: Machine Gun America


A Kissimmee, Fla., gun park called Machine Gun America opened for business this week on the U.S. Highway 192 tourist strip near Disney World, allowing customers as young as 13 to fire Uzis, Tommy Guns, AK-47's and M5's, reports NewsOne. Customers are monitored by “range safety officers.” Minors ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. “You have to wonder about the mentality of parents who would let their child fire a military-style rifle at such an establishment after what happened at Bullets and Burgers,” said Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.”

An instructor at the Bullets and Burgers gun range in Nevada was killed in August when a 9-year-old girl who was allowed to shoot an Uzi lost control of the weapon. Bruce Nierenberg, manager at the Kissimmee attraction, said visitors there are monitored by a trained “range safety officer.” He blamed the killing in Nevada on negligence. “Good safety procedures were not followed,” he said, noting the girl's age and size of weapon she was using. “There's some common sense involved.”

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