NC high school Navy JROTC opens gun range

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WRAL) Members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at North Carolina’s Smithfield-Selma High School can now practice their marksmanship without having to leave campus.

The NJROTC built a 1,200-square-foot, six-lane, indoor shooting range at the school over five months and began using the facility last week. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation donated most of the $10,000 in supplies for the range.

The cadets in the program practice shooting with Daisy pump air rifles, but administrators said the pellets in the guns can be dangerous, so students have to undergo extensive training before they can head to the range.

“There’s a marksmanship safety test they have to take, and they have to get a 100 on it,” Commander David Wegman said. “In addition to that, they have to sign a safety pledge, get permission from home and then finally demonstrate on the range that they know how to handle one of these air rifles safely.”

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