Children learn to shoot guns at suburban Chicago range

Apr 6, 2015

A gun range in suburban Chicago is teaching children how to shoot pistols.  The class for kids at GAT Guns in East Dundee started about a year ago. 

Manager Randy Potter says the range started the class because parents wanted to bring in their children to shoot. The range leaves it up to parents whether their child is mature enough to handle a gun.

Children as young as 7 took part in a recent session. They practiced firing guns while they were unloaded, and if they showed they were safe, they were allowed to use live ammo on the range.

Parent Sergio Meilman of Deerfield took his 12-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter to the class. He says he teaches his children that guns are weapons and tools, but not toys.