New student organization begins for gun enthusiasts

New student organization begins for gun enthusiasts

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Gun enthusiasts at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have a new reason to rejoice.
Starting up on campus is the Students Shooting Club, where students can assert their Second Amendment rights within an organization.
The new type of club, while fairly new to most on campus, has been trying to get on its feet for quite a few months now. Students and faculty alike are working together to bring this organization to full club status.
The key contact for the school, Carl Saltarelli, is in charge while the students use the Chemcel Rifle & Pistol Club range. The club is open to all students, regardless of major or age. Some of the range rules include:
No alcoholic beverages are allowed beyond the Range gate and the use of fully automatic weapons or explosives are forbidden. Other rules apply.
As of right now, the Students Shooting Club are targeting Friday evenings for their practice activities.
What about those students who are not as gun-loving?
When asked if the Shooting Club would make students more aware or afraid of guns, Saltarelli says not to worry. “Fear is generally associated with the unknown,” says Saltarelli. “The newcomers that I have dealt with thus far have overcome the unknown and enjoyed the experience.”
Students looking for a fun and unique way to incorporate their skill-building and leadership-building skills can find a place in the Shooting Club. Besides the aforementioned benefits, students will also learn and practice the Four Pillars of being a Sharpshooter: Safety, Marksmanship, Education, and Conservation.
Also, those interested are not required to be in a field requiring the use of a rifle- those who enjoy hunting as an recreational sport or have always been interested in joining a Rifle Club now have the means to do so.
Those who are interested should not be shy- there are already about 40 students who have attended meetings, although no officer elections have been held. About 12 students will become founders of the club, and then submit the application to the university, since it is still in the early stages.
“Hopefully, it will happen soon,” says Saltarelli.