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Is a Shooting Range Coming to Washington, D.C.?

Washington DC Shooting Range
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Washington, D.C., is known for relatively stringent gun laws, but one man is pushing to open a new gun range in the nation’s capital- an “elegant” place for area gun enthusiasts to practice their hobby.

According to The Washington Post, Walker Lunn isn’t selling fear, but rather a unique experience. He’s eying doing so in the Gallery Place section of the series, near the Capital One Arena. Most D.C. gun owners looking for a range, the Post said, have had to resort to visiting Maryland or Virginia.

Gun permits can be issued to DC residents, and the District has some places where firearms bought elsewhere can be transferred to DC. However, the District does not currently have any actual storefronts where guns are sold.

“I want to create something unique and fun, something like a Parisian tea shop,” Lunn told the newspaper. “You walk into a nice cafe and you can try out some firearms. You can buy some firearms and you can enjoy some time with some friends while you’re there.”

Lunn also founded a company called “Certified Badass,” which offers its customers “Curated Experiences for badasses, like you.” Certified Badass seems to be selling various adventurous experiences, some but not all of which involve the use of guns.

The company’s website includes a movie trailer-like promotional video, narrated by someone doing an impression of actor Christopher Walken.

“We’re staying away from tactical-inspired design,” Lunn said in the Post interview. “We don’t want to create an experience that is about combat. I want to bring it back to that French countryside feeling. You’ve got your fresh quail, your cheese and your wine. It creates a whole new perspective.”

Lunn also spoke to WTOP about his idea, revealing that he intends to call the business “Bangin’.”

“So it’s really about, you know, again, that that heritage and tradition, and making that accessible and introducing people to that sort of perspective on shooting sports,”

How likely is he to succeed in opening his range? Lunn told the Post that he has been in touch with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as city zoning personnel.

“We’re going to carry a smaller inventory that people can kind of experiment with and explore some real classics some. You know something that’s popular like a Glock; something that is fun like the James Bond Walther PPK,” Lunn told WTOP. ”Or you want to shoot something a little bit bigger like … those big silver revolver Clint Eastwood-style firearms (Dirty Harry’s .44 Magnum).”

Gun sales have been surging since the start of the pandemic, according to various figures released in recent months.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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